I recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Biological Science focusing in Marine Science. During my undergraduate studies, I was an animal husbandry and rescue volunteer for the Marine Mammal Center, while interning in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab at MLML. Through my experience as a volunteer I acquired a foundational skill set for working with wild pinnipeds which enhanced my curiosity about how these animals survive in extreme environments. As an intern in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab, I had the opportunity to assist in a variety of projects. This included being a member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, assisting with diet analysis of California Sea Lions, and volunteering with the UCSC elephant seal monitoring project.
Starting in Fall 2016, I will officially be joining the Vertebrate Ecology lab as a graduate student. My experience in this lab has already taught me so much and I’m excited to expand my skill set in field work and further my education in marine ecology. I will begin exploring project ideas in the coming year and am interested in concentrating my interests in physiological and behavioral ecology of pinnipeds.