I am a first year masters student at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany. I am very interested in applying microbial ecology to marine conservation, specifically in understanding the role of microbes in the adaptation of marine organisms to changing environmental conditions (ie ocean acidification, elevated sea surface temperatures, eutrophication, etc).
I am originally from Reading, PA and stayed relatively close to home for my undergrad studies, attending Penn State at University Park, PA. During my time at Penn State, my research projects focused on coral ecology in Iliana Baums's and Monica Medina's labs, including internships at Mote Marine Laboratory and FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Currently, I am completing a lab rotation in which I performing network analyses on biosynthetic gene clusters belonging to seawater samples collected from around the world. Yay bioinformatics!
In addition to marine microbial ecology, I am also very passionate about science communication, and I aspire to a career involving science journalism. In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving (the header picture was taken while diving in a cenoté in Mexico), traveling, running, hiking, knitting, editing videos, and playing guitar. I'm also a huge music fan (I lovvve Led Zeppelin and the Arctic Monkeys).