As a PhD student at the University of Georgia, I continued working in salt marshes to answer a growing number of research questions.
I established monitoring plots within nine sites along the southeastern and mid Atlantic US coast (Florida - Delaware). This effort informed my understanding of variability existing within snail populations and snail-plant interactions across latitudes.
I have also partnered with additional researchers to study snail distributions across spatial scales (e.g. within and among marsh sites) and at additional sites along the Georgia Coast.
Finally, I expanded my research to explore the top-down effects of additional trophic levels (e.g. nekton) on snail population characteristics and the physiological mechanisms underlying variability in snail-plant interactions (e.g. metabolic traits).
The first paper from my dissertation was published in The Biological Bulletin in 2022.