My research interests dwell on historical water quality analytics, remote sensing applications, and geospatial referencing. In my profession, I aim to utilize my technical abilities to convey complex information relating to the condition of aquatic environments to a wide range of audiences. In the future, I aspire to contribute what I can to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration National Ocean Service.
I was raised within the piedmont area of North Carolina where my neighborhood’s encouragement of local gardening, reuse of resources, and encouragement of permaculture helped to instill an early appreciation for my present environment. In my younger years, my voracious hunger for knowledge led me to read encyclopedias from the local public library which led to an early assertion that studying the ocean was my reason for being. Unfortunately, due to persistent environmental disputes within my community such as land use and the increasing involvement of the environmental protection agency within the state, I became aware of the politics within environmental sciences early on. As I pursued higher education within the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, I was able to apply a much greater focus to my efforts in marine studies through the lens of environmental policy.