I am interested in utilizing oceanic instrumentation to understand the connection between our oceans and the rest of the planet. I am excited to employ AUVs to map ocean physical oceanographic processes. Currently, I am working on the advanced development of the pH sensor on the Slocum gliders. I will be investigating the data quality of the pH measurements while working with Sea Bird Scientific on improvement modifications.
As a Bahamian, it may seem natural that I chose to pursue a graduate degree in oceanography, but the path to this realization came only due to my first experience in the field. When I was 16, I moved from the capital, New Providence, to Eleuthera. It was on this island I was able to examine the beauty of the ocean I had grown accustomed to. In 2008, I attended the Island School, a place-based learning institution. Here I received my dive certification and took my first marine ecology course. Immediately after, I interned at the Cape Eleuthera Institute with Dr. Aaron Schultz studying migration patterns of bonefish. I spent six months working as a dolphin trainer at the Atlantis Resort. In 2013, I officially moved to the United States to pursue my degree. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology at Kean University. While in school, I gained an interest in geographic information systems and computer science. After graduating, I spent a few years working in various science fields. Prior to pursuing a master’s degree, I worked as a GIS Specialist at the Mott MacDonald group.