In her role at Washington Sea Grant, Alex’s research focuses on ecological interactions between shellfish aquaculture and intertidal communities on the Washington coast. Her work examines ecosystem dynamics in coastal estuaries and how those dynamics are shifting in response to environmental change. Findings from her work will be used to inform an ecosystem-based management plan with a focus on sustaining shellfish aquaculture in Washington state under current and future environmental pressures.
Alex received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in Organismic and Evolutionary biology, where she studied fish biomechanics. After working in various roles that included commercial fishing, hard-cider making, and oceanographic research (three things that are more related than you may think!), she moved to Seattle where she completed a master’s degree in marine affairs and a graduate certificate in climate science at UW. As a graduate student, much of her research focused on sustainable marine food production and climate impacts on food security. She was, and remains, active in the UW Program on Climate Change, where she spends time outside of work on climate outreach and community engagement. She is an ocean-lover at heart but also enjoys escaping into the mountains whenever she can.