I am an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Rowan University in New Jersey and currently the Interim Chairperson of the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability in the School of Earth and Environment. I am an aquatic community ecologist and use a combination of observational, comparative, and experimental methods to study the factors that shape community structure in aquatic systems. I conduct much of my work at University of Virginia's Blandy Experimental Farm where I also serve as coodinator for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site program funded by the National Science Foundation. I encourage Rowan and potential REU students who are interested in aquatic ecology to contact me about research opportunities.