The ocean has always been a source of wonder for me, inspiring curiosity and awe. It seems that the more I learn about it and the creatures that inhabit it, the more questions I have, and the more fascinated I become with it. It's no wonder then, that I have pursued my dream of working on it, in it, and near it.
Shortly after moving to Monterey from Southern California, I became involved with Marine Life Studies. My experiences with this organization inspired me to return to school, completing the required transfer units at Monterey Peninsula College. Upon my acceptance to the University of California, Santa Cruz, I was awarded the The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Scholarship. I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, having had the opportunity to complete a rigorous field quarter in South Africa, work with elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park, and contribute to the Kelpforest Database project.
I have been with Marine Life Studies since 2007, assisting with vessel based cetacean surveys, community outreach and education programs, and more recently as a member of the Whale Entanglement Team.