Program: MSc
Supervisor: Simon Donner
Hometown: Prince Frederick, Maryland, USA
“I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in rural Maryland, and water has always been a prominent part of my life. My parents were avid scuba divers, and I was exposed to the underwater world at a very young age. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a marine scientist. I’m a recent graduate from the Marine Biology program at the University of California Santa Cruz. For the last three years, I’ve worked closely with a team of scientists and communities in the Ulithi Atoll, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia to help them find ways to protect marine resources within their traditional framework (while still having access for sustenance). My research interests involve attempting to understand the relationships between marine resource use and coral reef health. I’m excited to have the opportunity to explore this topic as a part of Simon Donner’s lab at UBC!”