In 2014, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) with an M.S. in Marine Sciences, advised by Dr. John Bruno. In 2013, I received my B.S. in Biology from UNC-CH with Highest Honors.
Following graduate school, I worked with CIEE Bonaire as a teaching and research assistant then advanced to instructor. From January 2016 to December 2017, I taught marine and environmental science at the College of the Marshall Islands(CMI). While at CMI, I developed a 30-credit Marine Science Certificate program with the goal of building local capacity to support scientific-based decision making regarding RMI's marine resources.
I have recently joined Dr. Eirin-Lopez's Environmental Epigenetics lab at Florida International University (FIU) as a PhD student. I am very excited to start my research focused on environmental epigenetics in corals.
I began scuba diving at age 10 and was instantly drawn to the ocean. I have logged over 300 dives and am a PADI Dive Master and AAUS certified. My broad research interests include coral reef ecology and conservation.
Aside from research and teaching, I am passionate about marine science outreach and communicating science through social media outlets. I also enjoy SCUBA diving, traveling, sailing, and underwater photography.