My love for the ocean started at a young age. I grew up playing in the tidepools and I have never lived far from the water. I received my B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from UC San Diego, and then spent a number of years working abroad, first as Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Vanuatu and later as a project coordinator for a sea turtle conservation group in Costa Rica and volunteer coordinator for various conservation projects.
Most recently, I have worked as a research/stranding assistant and intern with the Vertebrate Ecology Lab. I am excited to finally be going back to school as a new student with Dr. McDonald. My research interests include foraging ecology of sea turtles and effects on reproductive energetics as well as the use of remote monitoring systems, specifically satellite tags to understand migration and foraging patterns.