Through both professional work and play,

I explore our planet's oceans from the beaches of Madagascar's coast to the kelp forests of the Pacific.  

Whether I am paddle boarding in the harbor in my hometown of Santa Cruz, or taking samples from the seabed on an expedition in Honduras, I am always struck by the same thought:

 Oceans are awesome.   
As an ocean scientist, I use field and laboratory experiments to understand how marine ecosystems respond to human impacts including climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing and pollution. I aim to use this information to inform resource  management and conserve our coastal ecosystems.


While contributing to ocean conservation studies, I also strive to spread the awesomeness  of the ocean, by working with various organizations to make marine biology accessible to all students.


If you'd like to collaborate on a project, click here. 



Field Research

Analytical Research


UC Santa Cruz

M.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Cornell University

B.A. Government & International Relations


UC Santa Cruz

Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Thesis: Use of naturally acidified environments to determine tolerance and acclimation potential of marine organisms to ocean acidification

Science Communication

Teaching & Mentoring

Program & Project Management

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