My love for the ocean emerged from summers of building sandcastles, catching waves and working on the beaches of Los Angeles County. After enrolling in a biological oceanography class in college, I traded in my swimsuit for a lab coat.

I moved up to Alaska and worked alongside fishermen on the docks, gutting fish to study what they were eating. I learned that scientists and citizens could work together to conserve finite resources, then joined an international team of researchers who are trying to conserve sacred forests in Ethiopia.

These research experiences opened my eyes to the constant tango between human activity and ecological health. Now, I hope to use science communication to further investigate how people and the planet can prosper together.