I graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Marine Biology in the Spring of 2017. Since I was a toddler, I have been volunteering to protect and restore natural habitats (raising California Quail to be reintroduced into the wild, monitoring Salt Marsh Harvest mice, Least Tern colonies and Snowy Plover nests) which has introduced me to other opportunities in recent years. The past two summers, I worked in the Azores with Rissos dolphins studying their social ecology. As an intern in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab, I have assisted with elephant seal demographic studies at Año Nuevo State reserve, photographic ID for long-term humpback whale studies, and am a part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. In the future, I hope to pursue my strong interests in diving adaptations of marine vertebrates.