I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. I work with Dr. Peter Berg, using the aquatic eddy covariance technique in an eelgrass meadow at the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER. My research broadly focuses on the long-term trends and drivers of seagrass ecosystem metabolism and the potential impact of warming oceans on seagrass resilience. My research interests extend to the resilience of coral reefs and tropical seagrass meadows in the face of climate change, as well as marine resource conservation and management.
I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Geosciences from Texas A&M University in May 2015, with minors in Oceanography and Meteorology. While there, I conducted research in paleoceanography with Dr. Debbie Thomas, Arctic climate science with Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld, and tropical ecohydrology as part of the Texas A&M REU program in Costa Rica. I also broadened my horizons with field trips and study abroad programs in Panama, the Western US, Fiji, and Australia.