Research interests: Broadly, my research interests include fisheries management, biological affects of climate change, and environmental physiology. I enjoy coupling both laboratory and field studies to better inform stock assessment models, which are extremely valuable to fisheries management. Currently, I am finding the thermal optima of black sea bass by measuring their aerobic scope at a range of temperatures. This information will be used to improve the precision of current stock assessment and thermal habitat niche models of black sea bass. This project will likely become one chapter of my dissertation as well as a starting platform for more research questions and projects.
I grew up in San Diego, CA, along the sunny California coast. On my dad’s side of the family, everyone has an “ocean” bone in them and when I was 8 my uncle took my dad and I on a trip from Seattle to Alaska on his tugboat. Besides throwing up a whole bowl of Fruit Loops, I had an amazing time out at sea. I think this was the first time I knew that I had also been born with the “ocean” bone. During my undergraduate at the University of California Santa Cruz, I studied marine biology and environmental studies. I was fortunate to work on a three NOAA cruises, sampling juvenile rockfish along the California Current. In 2013, I studied abroad in Australia at the University of Queensland and studied terrestrial ecology and marine biology, both of which had a complementary field component. After graduating, I joined the Groundfish Analysis team at NOAA in Santa Cruz working on Chilipepper rockfish early life history and analyzing old fisheries independent data from the 1940-1960’s.
2015, B.S. Marine Biology (Honors), University of California Santa Cruz
2015, B.A. Environmental Studies (Honors), University of California Santa Cruz
2016-PhD Student, Graduate Program of Oceanography, Rutgers University