Raised in a family that loves nothing more than exploring the world by boat, I've become fascinated both by the world underwater and the diverse ways humans depend on our oceans' resources. While homeschooled for several years in primary school, I lived on a small boat with my mom and sister and traveled from our home port in New York to as far north as Newfoundland and as far south as the Bahamas. The love I developed for the marine world has since shaped my personal passions as well as my professional goals.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at University of California, Santa Barbara. Through my dissertation work I hope to integrate ecological and social research to improve management of small-scale fisheries. Prior to coming to Bren, I spent several years conducting coral reef ecology and fisheries research in the Dominican Republic and Antigua. I graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a B.A. in biology.
I am a strong believer in the value of working with your hands, knowing where your food comes from, hanging out with animals, and being humbled by the ocean. I am an avid diver and sailor.
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