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         About me

I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC). My research uses geochemical tracers (e.g., radioisotopes and stable isotopes) to better understand how land use practices impact nutrient and trace metal cycling in freshwater and marine ecosystems.

I graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in Marine Biology and a minor in Earth Sciences in 2012. After graduating, I joined the United States Geological Survey (USGS) under Dr. Peter Swarzenski to apply novel field methods for long-term groundwater monitoring at the land-sea interface. After working for two years at the USGS to refine my research skills and goals, I decided to return to school to study coastal groundwater dynamics.

From 2014 through 2016, I worked alongside Dr. Henrietta Dulai at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa as a M.S. student, where I studied the effects of on-site sewage disposal system effluent on terrestrial and coastal groundwater quality. After obtaining my M.S. in 2016, I returned to UCSC to pursue my Ph.D. in Dr. Adina Paytan's Biogeochemistry Lab.

I spend my free time outdoors with my dog, Mondo, and on the water, split between whitewater rafting in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and ocean kayaking in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. I am Swiftwater Rescue and Open Water Diver certified.
In 2014, I became a nationally-registered emergency medical technician (EMT) to fulfill my secondary interests in emergency medicine.