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Paul Leary


Bachelor of Science, Marine Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, 2008

I study hypoxia within the kelp forest, both the hydrodynamics (transport and mixing) as well as its ecological impacts. I am particularly interested in meter scale variability in dissolved oxygen induced by hypoxic internal tidal bores propagating across complex topographies, and how fish and invertebrates shift distributions. Using a combination of spatially explicit ecological survey methods as well has high resolution oceanographic instrumentation, I study the mechanisms with which the kelp forest copes with hypoxic events. This is critical for understanding the potential impacts of increased hypoxia due to predicted environmental changes.

I also worked for 2 years as a research technician at Hopkins Marine Station prior to starting my PhD.