- B.S. Marine Vertebrate Biology, Ecosystems and Human Impact minor. Magna cum laude & departmental honors. Stony Brook University, NY. 2010-2014.
- M.S. Marine Science, Fisheries Science. Marine policy sub-concentration. VIMS/William and Mary. 2014-present.
My research is focused on investigating loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) strandings in the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is a significant seasonal foraging and developmental habitat for thousands of loggerheads, yet each year approximately 200-400 turtles are found stranded on local beaches. The annual number of stranded sea turtles has increased dramatically over the years and this is a major concern for the long term sustainability of sea turtle populations. My study will use oceanographic modeling and field drift experiments to determine likely locations of juvenile loggerhead mortality in the bay. The model will ultimately be applied to actual stranding data to identify potential causes of mortality and highlight areas of focus for conservation.
I am excited to be a part of the VIMS GK-12 fellowship and am greatly looking forward to be working in a 7th grade life science classroom at Page Middle School in Fall 2015. In the future, I aspire to establish a career as a marine scientist whose research actively contributes to solving today’s challenging environmental problems. I believe a central component of science is to consider how one’s research will be interpreted and applied by others. The GK-12 fellowship will be an invaluable opportunity to develop my public communication and outreach skills. I look forward to working with and inspiring students, while learning how to best communicate science in a clear and transparent way. I am eager to begin my semester in the classroom and share the possibility of a future in science with others!