I grew up in Goleta, California, where I spent a considerable time examining and poking creatures living in the nearby rocky intertidal areas. Many years later, I found myself doing the exact same thing (albeit more scientifically), for my Master’s research.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by the things that live in the ocean. A 3rd grade trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium sparked my love for kelp (macro algae in the order Laminariales) and my desire to become a marine scientist. Working at the UC Santa Barbara Research Experience and Education Facility (REEF) cemented my decision to study marine ecology in college.
I worked in the Dayton Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography through my undergrad, where I got to work with amazing people while learning to love invertebrate and algal taxonomy. During undergrad, I got to study abroad in Queensland, Australia, travel through New Zealand, and do a summer internship at Friday Harbor Labs in Washington. After completing a combined BS/MS (doing research on San Diego rocky intertidal communities) I came to UT so I could study arctic kelp bed communities with the Dunton Lab. I believe that quality mentorship and opportunity (mixed with a healthy dose of luck) got me to where I am; I do my best to try to provide that to others.
I am a scientist because I never lost interest in examining and poking marine organisms. I hope to further our knowledge of how the world works while promoting respect and understanding of science and our planet.
During not-science time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, pressing algae, and drinking quality beer.