Hi, thanks for checking out my website! I'm originally from the midwest (Toledo, OH) and have always been facinated by the natural world that surrounds me. I spent my childhood detailing the predatory behavior of ant lions, rearing fireflies and watching tadpoles metamorphose into toads. My favorite TV shows were Star Trek and I Love Lucy, which I credit in developing my adventurous spirit and sense of humor.
I first saw the ocean as a teenager during a trip to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. This is where I discovered one of my favorite crustaceans, the horseshoe crab. What a bizarre creature to behold! It became clear that after spending so much time exploring terrestrial ecosystems, it was time to venture underwater.
ln 2003, I moved to Honolulu, HI to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and spend more time around the ocean. I became a SCUBA diver, a useful tool for a budding marine biologist. This made it possible for me to spend hours underwater just observing the amazing fish, invertebrates and seaweeds.
These experiences coupled with my inquisitive nature have led me down the path of marine science. To learn more about my research/academic experience read my Curriculum Vitae.
I currently live in Santa Cruz, CA where I'm working towards my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Kroeker Lab at UCSC. In my free time, I like to take pictures, surf, garden and hit the trail with my dog, Pixel.
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