I completed my B.A. in Marine Biology from the University of California, San Diego where I interned under Dr. Dimitri Deheyn conducting research on the photoprotective properties of Magnolia grandiflora seeds. Following graduation I jumped between various seasonal positions, working as a mourning dove bander, trout and trout redd surveyor, and sea turtle conservationist, before heading to Northeastern University to earn my M.S. in Marine Biology. My thesis research was conducted under the mentorship of Drs. Anne Cohen and Karl Helfrich from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and involved designing software for tracking the movement and physiological changes of coral planula. Between these two degrees My current research for the Environmental Epigenetics Lab (EELab) is centered around the epigenetic response of corals to nutrient stress.