As a small girl, I was entranced with the ocean and its mysterious, vast, depths. By the age of 10, I had decided on my career path and have never strayed from it. I attended Boston University as an undergraduate to study Marine Science and Environmental Science. Currently, I attend Columbia University where I am pursuing a M.A in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology and conducting my thesis research on invasive lionfish. I've spent time researching the seabirds of the Gulf of Maine, the coral reefs of Belize, invasive lionfish in Florida, and the tropical ecosystems of Ecuador. When I'm not in the field, or bent over my computer reading scientific papers, I return to my home in Massachusetts where I help manage and conserve a flock of heritage sheep.