My passion for marine and environmental science started at a very young age and intensified while studying humpbacks in Costa Rica, during completion of my BS in Environmental Science (Union Institute & University) with a focus in Cetacean Biology in 2003. I recently received a MSc in Environmental Science and Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on blue whale behavior as observed from aerial surveys in Southern California and have plans to start a PhD program with the University of Algarve in Faro, Portugal in the winter of 2016.
My career has given me over 10 years of field experience in marine mammal research, and monitoring in the United States including Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, and the northern Atlantic coast as well as internationally in the Northern Marianas, Costa Rica and Greenland. Projects include monitoring and mitigation and aerial surveys in Cook Inlet, Alaska specific to the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales since 2007-2015, marine mammal research and observation in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas during a multi-year baseline study 2008-2012, marine mammal aerial surveys off Southern California 2009-2013 and Puget Sound, Washington 2013-2016 and part of the 2015 Petermann Expedition in Northern Greenland.
I had the fortunate opportunity to begin working with Cetos in 2008 and participated in the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2015 Maui field seasons. In between those seasons I contributed to our publications, conference presentations , fundraising efforts, and more. Working as both a data collector/processor and an underwater videographer in the field, I assist in data analysis, paper writing and other technical aspects of Cetos research.