I am an ecologist interested in studying how the impacts of climate change and species introductions affect the way that organisms exist within their surrounding environments. Currently, I study seaweeds, specifically kelp, and analyze how physical differences within the environment - whether along a coastal gradient or across an entire ocean - impact the growth and reproduction of a species.
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis’ Graduate Group in Ecology. I am a member of Ted Grosholz’s lab, which focuses on how human impacts shape coastal ecosystem processes. Prior to graduate school, I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, where I conducted undergraduate research projects on butterfly feeding preferences and spider web architecture.
In addition to asking questions doing science, I am devoted to making the ocean more accessible to everyone through aquatic fitness and education. To do this, I teach swim lessons, teach courses at dive shops about kelp forest ecology, and organize citizen and community science projects for recreational divers to participate in.