I am a PhD candidate at Portland State University in the Environmental Science and Management Department. I work in the Applied Coastal Ecology Lab with Dr. Elise Granek. My research is broadly focused on anthropogenic stressors to marine ecosystems. Specifically, I study occurrence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in coastal waters, and their effects on Pacific oysters, a commercially grown species in the Pacific northwest. I am also interested in multiple stressors, climate change interactions with toxins, community composition responses to stressors, and management of coastal ecosystems. In my spare time, I like to hike, play board games, and travel.
I received a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. At SUU, my research investigated the effects of food limitation on stinging cell production in the Glass Anemone (Aiptasia pallida). Before pursuing a PhD, I spent four years working at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City where I developed and taught inquiry-based education programs to diverse groups of students, teachers and the public that focused on local and marine ecosystems and environmental stewardship.