I am a marine community ecologist and PhD student at Duke University. I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. My research interests include investigating the role of disturbances on community stability and determining the role of landscape ecology on ecosystem functioning, in both tropical and temperate marine systems. In particular, my research hopes to elucidate the landscape- and habitat-associated mechanisms driving community dynamics in seagrass beds and whether habitat diversity can confer community resilience in the face of climate change and habitat fragmentation.
Zhang SY, Speare KE, Long ZT, McKeever KA, Gyoerkoe M et al. (2014) Is coral richness related to community resistance to and recovery from disturbance? PeerJ 2:e308 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.308