Generally, I am interested in studying the science and management of marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in understanding how human-caused stressors, including climate change, impact the ecological health of marine environments. My research will focus on the coastal ecology of oyster farms and assessing the ecosystem services this form of aquaculture may provide. This research will also include relevant policy and management considerations informed by my experiences in Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience program. I am a member of Dr. Daphne Munroe’s lab and we conduct our work at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory in Port Norris, New Jersey.
After graduating from Gettysburg College in 2015 with B.S. degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, I began working as a research fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. At the EPA, I conducted policy work and supported the Standards and Health Protection Division’s implementation of water quality standards to protect fresh and marine water quality consistent with state and federal regulations. Through this experience I learned how important science and site-specific information is in creating implementable environmental policies. I am excited to be at Rutgers to build my science and site-specific knowledge. I hope to apply my research to a career in marine policy.
- 2015, B.S. Biology and Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College
- 2019-present, M.S. candidate, Graduate Program in Oceanography, Rutgers University