Growing up on the lakes of central Pennsylvania, I didn’t see the ocean until I was sixteen. I wouldn’t realize just how large a part of my life it would become until, after graduating from college, I studied mangrove restoration in the Dominican Republic. My graduate research at the Horn Point Lab highlights the importance of the transport and transformation of organic matter through marsh sediments and pore waters.
Working in mangrove communities and salt marshes has influenced my career path of understanding the biogeochemical characteristics of coastal environments, the conservation and restoration of these key areas, and human-caused influences on oceanographic technologies and research techniques.
- B.A. Lycoming College, Biology