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.
I am currently in my fourth year as a graduate student with the Vertebrate Ecology Lab. My research interests include reproductive energetics of sea turtles and the use of stable isotopes to understand migration and foraging patterns. I am currently working on establishing a collaborative project with biologists from Costa Rica.