I grew up in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts surrounded by its forest, wetlands, rivers, and mountains. Cape Cod has also been significant in my life with its estuaries, beaches, and marine life.

Involvement in environmental conservation began at an early age and continued through my Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston and to my current position as a Ph.D. student in the Marine Science Graduate Program at the University of Massachusetts. My professional goal is to work with a resource management agency or NGO, conducting research and advocating for effective conservation strategies and adaptive management of marine resources and systems. 

My research interests encompasses spatial and movement ecology, conservation biology, and marine policy.