Currently I am a postdoctoral research associate at Washington State University under Dr. Wes Dowd. I am studying how inter-individual variation in physiological traits shift responses to climate change in intertidal mussels. I also am working with the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation to shift the national conversation on climate change, particularly by including scientists in the discussion. Recently I received my PhD from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and am a former USC Trojan, where I earned a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Jazz Studies. I am originally from Seattle, WA and have always had a passion for the oceans and jazz music.


During my dissertation, I focused on the ecophysiology of sea hares, nudibranchs, and mollusks in general. I integrated community ecology, population biology, genomics, biomechanics, and most importantly physiology to answer questions about how organisms with high physiological plasticity will fare under future climatic conditions. While my research at UC Berkeley was in marine invertebrate physiology and climate change, other studies and interests of mine include fisheries ecology, estuarine ecology, and California climate change. I place a heavy focus on science communication and outreach in my work, and will continue these efforts past my graduate studies. I am interested in continuing to research mechanistic physiological responses to climate change across marine and estuarine taxa.

I have studied with critically acclaimed musicians such as Alan Pasqua, Bob Mintzer, Russell Ferrante, Dr. Joan Purswell, Paul Taub, Dawn Clement, Anne Drummond, Benny Green, and many more. Selected performances include the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Miguel Zenon, Wycliffe Gordon, Clarence Acox, Byron Vannoy, Jon Hamar, and the Garfield High School A Jazz Ensemble. I have toured and competed nationally and internationally in my youth, but have recently turned my focus towards the sciences as my career path.


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