Previously, I have studied bio-physical interactions in estuarine coastal ecosystems threatened by saltwater intrusion. Moving forward, I hope to continue to investigate bio-physical interactions while diving deeper into the ocean by investigating how physical aspects of the ocean effect the dispersion of plankton. I am interested in using both field and simulation experiments and am looking to integrate mathematical models and ocean observation in a way that sheds light on the workings of trophic systems.
Growing up in the Boston area, I was always fascinated by math and physics. I got my first taste for research at an internship with Cell Signaling Technology where I worked in antibody production and have been hooked ever since. While pursuing a BS in Biophysics at the George Washington University I worked as a laboratory assistant in the Immunology Department breeding and genotyping mice for parasite testing. However, after spending a few summers in the woods of northern Maine as a wilderness guide, I decided to combine my love for research and the outdoors. I somehow convinced the GW Coastal Ecology lab to take on their first physics student and it was there that I conducted my undergraduate thesis. I was able to help out with a wide variety of field and greenhouse experiments as well and discover my passion for using ocean observing and mathematical tools to expand our understanding of ocean dynamics. Outside of work, you can find me kayaking, hiking, coaching cheerleading, or on the hunt for the best buttermilk pancakes.
2019, B.S. Biophysics, The George Washington University
2019-Present, PhD Student, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University