Growing up in Santa Barbara, CA, my passion for ocean conservation started early, and led to my undergraduate studies in biology and fisheries science at the University of Washington, Seattle. My graduate research employs a physical-biogeochemical model in order to characterize variability of low pH and low oxygen events in the California Current System. We hope this information will help us understand and predict ecosystem function in the context of climate change, as well as inform coastal ecosystem and fisheries management agencies.
I am a PhD student in the Ocean Sciences Department at UCSC and my research focuses on the genetic and phenotypic variations in Pacific salmon. I am originally from South Dakota--far from the coast! I completed my Bachelor of Science at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Ecology and Genetics. I studied abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, which sparked my interest in marine ecosystems. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I worked as a Junior Scientist in an oak ecophysiology lab. I then worked in Alaska, Washington, and California as a Fisheries Biological Science Technician for the US Forest Service. Working for the Forest Service, I became interested in salmon and their intimate connection with local communities. I am fascinated with the importance of these anadromous species both ecologically and culturally. I'm interested in research that can expand our understanding of their ecological role and improve the conservation of these fish species.
I did my B.S. in Biology at Western Washington University, after which I did a couple of research internships in New Zealand and then worked in environmental consulting in the San Francisco Bay Area before starting grad school. My research here at UCSC deploys tracking tags with integrated oceanographic sensors on northern elephant seals, utilizing both the oceanographic data as a method of ocean observing and investigating the ecology of a pelagic predator in the context of a dynamic oceanographic environment.
I grew up on the Southern California coast and was always interested in math and science, which led me to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. There I discovered a passion for research, but the cold winters left me longing to get back to the California coast. That's how I ended up at UCSC, where I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Ocean Sciences. My research is focused on using chemical tracer data from the ocean in combination with inverse models to make inferences about processes related to carbon cycling that are difficult to measure in nature.
I am a PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz at the Ocean Science Department. I graduated from the California State University of Los Angeles with my M.S. in Environmental Science and from the University of California Irvine with a B.S. in Earth System Science. I have been an intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory since June 2019. My research interests are utilizing remote sensing and machine learning to identify and classify marine pollution and coral bleaching.