I am originally from New Jersey. I received my Bachelors Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2012 and my Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2015. I entered IGPMS PhD program at UC Santa Barbara in 2015 and I work with Dr. Jenifer Dugan and Dr. Robert Miller.
My research is focused on the structure and function of coastal ecosystems, namely kelp forests and sandy beaches. I am particularly interested in aspects of connectivity between these two systems and how that affects their structure and function. Sandy beaches in Southern California receive large subsidies of drift kelp. We are working to understand the drivers of kelp loss from nearshore reefs and where that kelp ends up. We have conducted tagging and GPS tracking experiments to explore how far kelp is transported from source reefs. We are also exploring the temporal and spatial variability in kelp subsidies to beaches as part of the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER. In addition, I am researching how these subsidies affect the community structure and various ecosystem functions sandy beaches.