About Me

I am a marine scientist, problem solver, and explorer. I study coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs, kelp forests, and seagrass meadows to understand how to manage, protect, and restore these critically important places for coastal communities. I use tools from the natural sciences to conduct my research, but I love working with people who have different backgrounds than I do (e.g. social sciences) in order to push projects in new and exciting directions!

I am currently a postdoctoral research scientist within the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science where I work with Ken Caldeira. Prior to starting at Carnegie, I was a PhD student in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University

My research has taken me all over the world, including Palmyra Atoll, the Republic of Palau, American Samoa, the Great Barrier Reef, Bermuda, Antarctica, Belize, Italy, and along the California Coast. I have even started working in a California lake for the first time (no small undertaking for a marine scientist).  I love being on the water (or under it) and the sense of adventure it entails!