Natalie received her B.S in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Hawai῾i at Mānoa (UH), in addition to a Minor's Certificate from the University's Marine Option Program. At UH she gained experience across marine fields including outreach education with Hawai῾i Sea Grant, field experience with the NOAA Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program, and as a seagoing oceanographic research assistant aboard cruises with the Hawai῾i Ocean Time-series and Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology.
After graduating, Natalie worked for an environmental consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay Area before returning to school to pursue her Master's Degree at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. At Bren, Natalie's Group Project worked with a community-based nonprofit organization on O῾ahu, Hawai῾i to investigate the potential of reducing harmful loads of stormwater runoff into an important bay region on the island. She graduated with her Master's of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) from Bren in the spring of 2020, and is now pursuing her PhD under Dr. Alyson Santoro.