I grew up in the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley. I played on the Varsity rugby team for 5 years, and spent a semester abroad in Tahiti studying coral reefs - this is where my passion for marine science began.
Currently, I am a graduate student at San Francisco State University, located at the Estuarine and Ocean Science Center, Romberg Tiburon Campus. I am in the RIPTIDES program, an NSF Research Traineeship funded MS program. I am studying restoration biology, and how restoration and natural shorelines can help provide resilience against the impacts of climate change. I am focused on researching and supporting applied solutions to counter climate change impacts into the future.
I am researching restoration ecology and climate change mitigation in eelgrass beds. I am studying Living Shoreline Projects (LSP) in San Francisco Bay, which combine restored native oyster 'reefs' and native eelgrass beds. These ecosystems provide many ecosystem services, and the design of the reef and eelgrass can impact those outcomes. I want to understand how different designs of LSPs can effect ecosystem services, and how to maximize those services.