I was born and raised in Monterey, California and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from California State University Monterey Bay and graduated cum laude. My senior research thesis consisted of quantifying geomorphic change in the head of the Monterey submarine canyon over time through the use of multibeam bathymetry data. I have served as the data processor research assistant for the Seafloor Mapping Lab and assisted with marine vessel operations. I am also a naturalist and deckhand for Blue Ocean Whale Watch in Moss Landing. I joined the Marine Life Studies team in 2013 and I am currently co-investigator (CI) on the NOAA NMFS permit we work under, member of our Whale Entanglement Team (WET)® and Executive Assistant working in all aspects of the organization’s research, education, and conservation programs.