On June 12, 2002, the world as I knew it changed. I stepped into my
wetsuit, donned my mask, and stuck in my regulator as I took my first plunge into what would turn into a life long pursuit of marine conservation and research. My true passion for the ocean revolves around conservation and seahorses. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked in Ceará, Brazil to study habitat preferences of seahorses and apply my work towards conservation of the aquarium trade. Since my first seahorse observation, I have been determined to complete a PhD on seahorse populations in an effort to help with their conservation and management. I am currently a PhD candidate with Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada, on my way towards accomplishing this goal. My research interests lie in ecology and population dynamics, specifically to address seahorse conservation, threats and management. After my PhD it is my intention to teach abroad at the university level.