I am interested in how animals respond to environmental stress on various timescales. My work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from coastal sciences, paleobiology, genetics and traditional ecological knowledge. My dissertation focuses on how the Pacific littleneck clam (Leukoma staminea) responds to ocean acidification and tests ways to mitigate the negative effects of acidified water. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California, Davis, and am co-advised by Dr. David Gold and Dr. Sandra Carlson. Prior to starting graduate school at UC Davis in 2019, I earned my BS and MS degrees in geology from Miami University. After graduating from Miami, I spent one year as a high school ENL/ESL Instructional Assistant for STEM subjects in Indianapolis, IN. I am committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM, and am eager to make science more accessible. In my down time I enjoy running, reading novels and hiking with my dog, Luna.
UC Davis occupies the stolen territory of the Patwin people. Today there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
The Bodega Marine Lab occupies unceded Coast Miwok lands. The Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples are federally recognized today by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.