In 2014, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.S. in Marine Sciences, advised by Dr. John Bruno. I received my B.S. in Biology from UNC-CH in 2013 with Highest Honors.
Following graduate school, I worked with CIEE Bonaire as a teaching and research assistant then advanced to instructor. In addition to the academic program, I co-led a collaborative project between staff and students comparing different methods to quantify benthic cover and reef complexity.
Since Janurary 2016, I have been teaching marine and environmental science at College of the Marshall Islands. I also developed a new Marine Science Certificate program at the college with the goal of building local capacity to support scientific-based decision making regarding RMI's marine resources.
I began scuba diving at age 10 and was instantly drawn to the ocean. I have logged over 200 dives and am a PADI Dive Master and AAUS certified. My broad research interests include coral reef ecology and conservation. My past research focused on the Caribbean lionfish invasion.
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.