I grew up in Nipomo, CA a small town on the central coast and attended my Undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara which is about an hour south. During my time pursuing a BS in Aquatic Biology, my drive to be in oceanographic research and education was cultivated. I wanted to be a part of the community of Earth scientists trying to solve some of the pressing problems our planet faces. My research focuses on coastal carbon cycling, particular dissolved organic matter, from terrestrial, wetland and estuarine sources. In the Hood lab, we are using complex and unique 3D biogeochemical modeling techniques to quantify the importance of the various sources and sinks of DOM in the Chesapeake Bay and the down-stream continental shelf. After I finish my degree at UMCES I hope to continue a career in academia in both a research and teaching capacity.
Areas of Expertise
- Dissolved organic matter dynamics in estuaries and the coastal ocean
- Biogeochemical model development and applied mathematics
- Marsh-Estuary hydrodynamic modeling
- UC Santa Barbara, 2012, B.S., Aquatic Biology