I am an Adjunct Professor at CSUN, specializing in coral ecology. I grew up in Germany and Greece, and my studies and work have brought me to the Isle of Man (UK), Hawaii, Barcelona (Spain), and California. I am also a scientific diving instructor, and am interested in environmental policy, journalism, photography, and filmmaking.
My research focuses on benthic ecology in various ecosystems across latitudes, with a focus on ecosystem engineer taxa such as corals, and in particular the still understudied group of octocorals (gorgonians). My research interests include community ecology, population dynamics, ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, and sustainable management of living resources. My work considers how environmental and anthropogenic disturbance shapes benthic communities in coastal habitats in the Mediterranean, Southern California, French Polynesia and the Caribbean.