My primary research interest is in the use of advanced mathematical and computational techniques for the study of population dynamics and ecological interactions to support marine animal populations management strategies. Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern Mississippi. I work in a NSF (Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases program)-funded project to develop the theoretical basis for modeling disease processes in marine invertebrates. My research focuses in the dynamics that underlie the emergence of disease outbreaks in marine invertebrates, which still lack the equivalent level of description, conceptual understanding, and modeling framework routinely present in the terrestrial systems. For this, we develop disease compartmental deterministic models (single-population, metapopualtion, multispecies models) coupled oceanographic-disease models, and explore disease risk by Ro formulations using Next Generation Matrix. The models are both theoretical or parameterized using experimental and literature data. I am mainly focused in marine diseases where transmission occurs through contact with or filtration of waterborne pathogens.