I am a PhD student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This will be my third degree at UCSB.
I grew up in San Diego, California and was a competitive figure skater for most of my life before I went to college. I have a national silver medal in synchronized figure skating to show for it at least! I also played water polo, swam, and was the captain of my high school field hockey team.
In college, I moved on from frozen water to ocean water and received my B.S in Aquatic Biology from the University of California. Once I graduated, I became the lab technician for the Moorea Coral Reef LTER and traveled to Moorea, French Polynesia and was smitten immediately. I am now working on my PhD in Moorea, and I am interested in how coral communities are shaped by the interaction of biotic and abiotic drivers following disturbance, particularly mass bleaching events. I seek to apply this knowledge and experience to a career in large scale management of marine ecosystems.
My non-research interests include stand up paddling, my dog Scallop, weightlifting, anything with cardamom, and hiking.