B.S. to be completed in 2023, Yale University, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I am interested in studying the spatial ecology of marine resources, especially migratory marine species, through a social-ecological approach. In collaboration with the Schmitz Lab and the Crowder Lab at Stanford University, I am conducting research on the distribution of billfish off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica based on the local ecological knowledge of fishers. As part of this project, I spent a summer in Costa Rica interviewing over 50 fishers in the sport fishing industry about their perspectives on billfish distribution over time. Utilizing both natural and social science tools, my research aims to better the understanding of the ecologically, socially, and economically valuable billfish populations in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean.
During my undergraduate studies, I have conducted research on coral reef resilience in the Eastern Tropical Pacific with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute as a Rohr Reef Resilience Fellow. I have also studied dynamic ocean management with the DynaMAR project at Stanford University and phytoplankton along the Atlantic Coast of the United States with the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In addition to research, I am interested in environmental justice and science education. I am the President and Co-Founder of a non-profit organization, Nature Now International (NNI), with the mission to engage youth in community-based science and environmental work.