Hello and welcome!
My wish for the world, when I was four, was to create a vacuum to suck up all the trash. I would run around the house to turn off (what I thought were) unnecessary lights. I had a passion for environmentalism before I could write my name. Mix that environmental passion with a drive for research and a love of of water, and you found me!
I grew up near sunny Los Angeles, California but traversed the country to graduate from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a B.S. in biology and marine science (2013). My research experiences are varied, from researching sea slug neurological aging, to predicting the spread of a nonnative mussel species, to restoring coral reefs at vessel grounding sites.
For my masters, I began working along new, fresher coastline — the Great Lakes! At Michigan Sate University, I studied how multi-jurisdictional collaboration in the Great Lakes basin facilitated the spread of ecosystem-based management principles across all five lakes. I documented the key principles of ecosystem-based management. My advisors were Dr. William Taylor, a University Distinguished Professor of Global Fishery Systems, and Dr. Andrew Muir, the Science Director at the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (a bi-national organization between the United Stated and Canada).
After finishing my masters, I moved to Virginia to work with Center for Coastal Resource Management for my PhD. I am researching how different regions are ecologically connected (say, through fish movement) among marshes along the Chesapeake Bay, focusing on living shorelines — which are recreated marshes made to mimic natural marshes. As the Bay has a lot of people who live on it, their personal choices can collectively affect habitat for fish and other marine species. I am also interested in how people can influence other people, like their neighbors, and how a person’s relationship can potentially influence their decisions. At the Center for Coastal Resource Management, I am working with Donna Bilkovic at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, which is a school within the College of William and Mary.