About Me

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I am passionate about exploring marine life both in the field and through my academic pursuits. My professional goal is contribute to our society’s knowledge of coastal and marine ecology by being a link between scientific inquiry and on-the-ground management initiatives. I am also genuinely motivated to make science more open and reproducible, and I find data science to be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding part of the research process.

Currently I’m a PhD candidate in John Bruno’s lab in the Biology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I study coral reef ecology and am particuarly interested in how disturbances impact coral community structure.

Check out my research page to see what I’ve been up to!


M.S. Environmental Studies, 2015
Peace Corps Master’s International
University of Charleston, South Carolina

B.S. Marine Biology, 2008
College of Charleston, South Carolina

Teaching Experience

  • TA for Ecology and Evolution course, UNC Chapel Hill, Fall 2015-Spring 2018
  • Teaching assistant and Divemaster for EcoFS, Summer 2017
  • Guest Lecturer, Ecology and Evolution, UNC Chapel Hill, on topics including Life History, Community Dynamics, and Island Biogeography
  • Science and Math Tutor at UNC Chapel Hill on topics including algebra, statistics, and introductory biology
  • Supplemental Instruction Leader, Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology, College of Charleston, Fall 2006 and 2008

Professional Affiliations & Outreach

Biology Graduate Student Association, UNC Chapel Hill
Biology Dept. Student-Faculty Working Group, UNC Chapel Hill
Graduate Women in Science, Rho Tau, student member
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), professional member
International Society for Reef Studies, student member
American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), student member