THE MARINE ECOLOGIST
THE MARINE ECOLOGIST
As a marine community ecologist, my research is focused on testing and advancing co-existence theory through field experiments, with the applied objective of increasing the resilience and productivity of foundation species (e.g. oysters, seagrass, and coral). Throughout my career, I have conducted research in a variety of marine systems while exploring a diversity of topics, from the habitat association of bottlenose dolphins to the effects of mesopredators on seagrass growth and community structure. I am committed to conducting scientific research to examine how environmental pressures will alter marine ecosystems in the future. My research will assist me in developing novel ecosystem-based restoration and management practices to restore disturbed marine communities around the world. I am devoted to ensuring that science is 1) being shaped by individuals that reflect the diversity of our population and 2) accessible and comprehensible to all, regardless of age, education level, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.
My efforts and energies are leveraged toward working to ensure that I am a scientist that thrives in a research setting, has strong scientific writing and communication skills that extend beyond the academic community, develops innovative ecosystem restoration techniques, opens doors to others to know and love scientific research, and creates safe, welcoming spaces for underrepresented groups in marine science.
Research & Team
My research is focused on testing and advancing co-existence theory through field experiments, with the applied objective of increasing the resilience and productivity of foundation species (e.g. oysters, seagrass, and coral). My graduate research examines how species interactions (both intra and inter) and physical forces interact to regulate the recovery of foundation species.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Eckerd College Endowment
The Anjali D. Boyd Marine Science Endowed Scholarship for African Americans was established in 2019 at Eckerd College. The monies/donations collected for the endowed scholarship will be used annually to award an African American student in good academic standing and majoring in Marine Science at Eckerd College.
Ecological Society of America(ESA)
I am serving my 2nd year, as a member of the ESA Committee of Diversity and Education. I previously served as the 2018-19 Vice-Chair and 2019-20 Chair of the ESA Student Section, during my service I also served on the ESA Governing Board at a Student Representative.
Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS)
I served as the Secretary and Treasure of the SWS Student Section four three years, in addition to assisting with the section's formation. My work as a Board Member has been focused on increase participation of minority students in the aquatic sciences and 3) increase retention of students in the society and in the aquatic sciences, throughout their professional career.