I have lived in New Jersey for my entire life, and I have always been interested in marine mammals. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Marine Science from Stockton University in 2012, and since then I have been lucky enough to be involved in much of the marine mammal work in the state of New Jersey. I have performed photo-identification research on bottlenose dolphins in Cape May, NJ and worked full-time for three years at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center as a Field Stranding Technician. In 2015, I made the significant decision to attend Graduate School at George Mason University. I am currently in the Master's program in Environmental Science and Policy with Dr. Chris Parsons, an internationally known marine mammal conservationist, as my advisor. I am using my knowledge and experience to develop a Master's thesis focused on humpback whales in the western portion of the New York Bight, and I am excited to spread the word about the marine mammal biodiversity in the area.