I am interested in how climate change, pollution, and other human-induced environment changes impact organisms’ ability to obtain nutrients from their environment. More specifically, I am interested in how the digestive physiology of marine invertebrates is impacted by disease, environmental change, and the interaction of the two. I graduated from American University (Washington, DC) in 2012 with a B.S. in Marine Biology, where I studied species variation in gorgonians and nutrient pollution in Guam’s mangroves with Dr. Kiho Kim. During this time, I was also a research assistant at the Carnegie Institution of Washington where I worked with Drs. Marilyn Fogel (UC Merced) and David Baker (Univ. of Hong Kong), investigating nutrient pollution using stable isotope analysis of Caribbean gorgonian corals and lionfish. Upon graduating from AU, I received a Fulbright Fellowship to study the effect of nitrogen availability on bleaching susceptibility in the New Zealand mud-flat anemone. In 2014, I joined the German Lab at UCI to study how species of abalone are differentially resistant to a disease called withering syndrome. Since beginning at UCI, I received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for this work, as well as research awards from the American Malacological Society and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. I was Events Coordinator for the Orange County Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology for a year, and was recently accepted into UCI’s inaugural cohort of the Climate Action Training Program. Through this program, I will be interning at NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region working on abalone conservation policy. I am currently designing an international collaboration between high schools in Orange County and New Zealand where students will work together online to understand climate change in their home environments.