My background is in bio-optics and phytoplankton. I have used optics as a tool for learning about both phytoplankton physiology and ecology within the physical constraints of coastal ecosystems. Looking forward, I hope to expand on this knowledge base by studying plankton ecological dynamics in response to climate change off the coast of the Western Antarctic Peninsula using both optical and acoustic techniques.
Born and raised in the Adirondack mountains, it was not until I took an introductory oceanography course in college that I realized I wanted to study the ocean. From there, I attended a semester at the Sea Education Association (SEA), where I sailed from Honolulu to San Francisco studying the relationship between ocean acidification and pteropod shell degradation. I was introduced to ocean optics through a summer internship where I studied the temporal and spatial dynamics of phytoplankton blooms in a reverse estuary using the LISST-100. After graduating, I spent a year as a research assistant in an ocean optics lab at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in Fort Pierce, FL.
2015, BA, Earth & Oceanographic Science and Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College
Since 2016- PhD candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University