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 recieved 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 went to Mo'orea, French Polynesia and fell in completely in love. I am now working on my PhD in Mo'orea, 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 systems ecosystems.
My favorite things include stand up paddling, rescue animals, weightlifting, cardamom, and hiking.