I am a PhD candidate in the Oceanography Graduate Program at Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, and with the assistance of my mentors, Ken Able and Thomas Grothues, my research will focus on assessing the effects of urbanization on the fishes and crabs in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey.

Turtle Statue at the San Diego ZooHaving grown up along the New Jersey coast, the ocean has been an important part of my life since I can remember. I attended the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where I completed my B.S. in Marine Science with minors in Chemistry and Biology. At Stockton I was able to participate in hands on research studying water quality parameters throughout the Great Bay/Mullica River Estuary and also studied the effects of the BP Oil Spill on Louisiana marsh fish assemblages during an internship at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS).

In addition to my research I have also been a teaching assistant for many chemistry laboratories, been the Environmental Education and Research Intern at the American Littoral Society, and mentored undergraduate students both at Stockton and Rutgers.