I have been fascinated by marine biology throughout my life. During college, I entered the world of top marine predators while working on the Pribilof Islands in Alaska. I had the opportunity to work as a field tech on a variety of projects studying northern fur seals, kittiwakes, murres, and auklets. I went on to get a Masters degree in Oceanography at Oregon State University and taught undergraduate chemistry at Principia College for several years. I returned to graduate school to complete a PhD in biology, blending my experiences in ocean science and seal biology to study northern elephant seal foraging behavior and habitat use.