Hometown: Half Moon Bay, CA
Undergraduate education: B.S. Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Marine Biology at UC Davis 2009.
Work experience before MLML:
I worked in the Mouse Genetics Department at Genentech Inc., and I was an undergraduate student researcher in a Juvenille Salmon Bioenergetics Lab at UC Davis and in a Molecular Biology lab studying breast cancer.
Q: Why did you decide to pursue marine science?
A: It has been a life long dream that I was determined to make a reality.
Q: What experiences and opportunities have shaped your path to get you where you are now?
A: I spent a summer session at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Lab and had a blast taking Marine Science courses and designing and presenting a research project. It was this experience that convinced me to pursue Marine Science at the graduate, and hopefully professional level. I spent two weeks last summer in Bahía de los Angeles, Baja California participating in a whale shark photo identification study where I had the chance to free dive with whale sharks in order to determine how many individual sharks frequented the bay. Also, I love Shark Week.
Q: What are you studying and why is it interesting and important to you?
A: I am in the Ichthyology Lab trying to decide which fish species and what aspect about them I like best. Right now, its is a very tough question for me to answer. I like them all.
Q: What are you hoping or planning to do when you finish?
A: Ultimately, I would like to continue researching questions and finding solutions to the major conservation issues surrounding our oceans and specifically our fish species. I’m still working on the details of this.