Oregon State University, Big Fish Lab
Digging around in stomachs sparked my passion in feeding ecology, setting me on the path to becoming an emerging expert in stomach content analysis. I graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. I have worked on many diet studies over the last decade, on various species.
As an early career scientist, I have a unique perspective on diet analysis studies and expertise in traditional methodology. While appreciative of the strengths of traditional methods, I have a strong understanding of the gaps left by current processes and aim to address these in my research.
As a queer, disabled female, I encountered barriers while establishing myself as a shark scientist. I am aware of the difficulties in proving yourself as an underrepresented person in the field of science. Recognizing this, I founded Disabilities Within Ocean Sciences (DWOS), an organization and network focused on creating opportunities and resources for disabled, early career marine scientists. Still in its early stages, through DWOS I have become a powerful voice and a leader in diversity conversations within the field of ocean science, especially shark science. I have published work, led discussions and spoken on panels and teams discussing and facilitating disability inclusion. I strive to create inclusive environments and opportunities for aspiring shark scientists.
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