I grew up in Wellington, Florida, where I cultivated my love for all things fish through fishing, aquariums, and science. This led me to pursue a major in Marine Biology at the University of North Florida and later Monmouth University, where I obtained my bachelor’s in science with a focus in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy. After graduation I worked on Monmouth University’s Research Vessel (Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe) as an assistant researcher/ deckhand while working for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection as an APAIS (Access Point Angler Intercept Survey) Interviewer. After two years gaining valuable field experience as a Seasonal Marine Field Technician at RUMFS (Rutgers University Marine Field Station), I was given the opportunity to work with an AUV, the REMUS (Remote Environmental Monitoring UnitS) 100 Legacy and have fallen in love with it and enjoy processing the side scan sonar data. I’m excited to continue to work with the REMUS and other AUVs in the future and learn as much as I can while in the Master of Operational Oceanography program.
During my time at RUMFS, I became the lead technician on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Sand Ridge Phase 2 project, looking at fish distribution and use of a shore-faced sand ridge that is designated to be dredged for beach sand replenishment in a Before/After Impact study. This included working with the AUV REMUS 100 Legacy and its pilot Joe Dobarro and learning to program missions. I find myself most interested in continuing to work with the REMUS on the BOEM shore-faced sand ridge study. While working at RUMFS I have had the pleasure of working on many projects including several components of the Orsted Wind Farm fisheries assessment at the Ocean Wind 1 Lease site including: The Clam Dredge Survey, Telemetry (Vemco Receivers, Surgical Acoustic Tag implantation, and External Acoustic Tagging), Structured Habitat (Traps, BRUV’s, Rod and Reel), Towed Camera Survey. Additionally, I have interests in the applications of using acoustic telemetry to follow marine species that little is known about while collecting oceanographic data and footage.
2023 – Present, Masters Student, Operational Oceanography, Rutgers University
2021, B.S., Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy, Monmouth University