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I grew up in San Diego with the ocean in my backyard, so it quickly became an integral part of my life. I completed my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and have been lucky enough to do research in French Polynesia, California and Trinidad & Tobago. I am also deeply dedicated to environmental education and I have worked and volunteered for several San Francisco Bay Area non-profits to engage youth and community members in science education and stewardship.
The ocean provides a plethora of ecosystem services that influence people’s everyday lives, including driving weather patterns, providing sustenance and recreation. I am interested in understanding how humans impact the ocean. With climate change as one of today’s pressing anthropogenically driven concerns, I seek to understand how climate change is influencing marine communities. Will marine species be able to adapt to warming and more acidic oceans? How will these affect marine organism distributions? Will climate change alter the way marine populations interact with each other? And if so, how will these changing interactions alter ecosystem structure?