I am a geobiologist with a focus on marine ecosystems. I am particularly interested in how animals respond to environmental and oceanographic shifts on various timescales. My work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from geochemistry, genetics and traditional ecological knowledge.
My dissertation focuses on how the Pacific littleneck clam (Leukoma staminea) responds to ocean acidification and tests ways to mitigate the negative effects of acidified water. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California, Davis, and am co-advised by Dr. David Gold and Dr. Sandra Carlson. Prior to starting graduate school at UC Davis in 2019, I earned my BS and MS degrees in geology from Miami University. After graduating from Miami, I spent one year as a high school ENL/ESL Instructional Assistant for STEM subjects in Indianapolis, IN. I am committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM, and am eager to make science more accessible. In my down time I enjoy running, reading novels and hiking with my dog, Luna.