Hey all, welcome to my page! I’ll be updating this with my most recent professional accomplishments and projects. Thank you for keeping up with my progress.
I’ve always loved the outdoors and am particularly drawn to the water. I’ve had amazing opportunities to conduct freshwater research in Montreal, Canada and marine field research in Fiji, Australia, and the Florida Keys.
Coral reefs have always been of especial interest to me. This was confirmed during my most recent position working with Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo where I developed a passion for coral conservation and scientific communication.
Though most of my prior research has been field driven, I am really excited to learn and delve into the policy outlook on conservation management. My research in the Conservation Governance Lab asks how policies allow infrastructure upgrades, specifically to major ports in countries with environmental protection legislation, knowing the detrimental damage that incurs on fringing reefs. I hope to identify these policies, stakeholders, and beneficiaries to suggest additional policies to better increase the protection of our reefs. With pursing this MSc. in Natural Resource Management, I hope to build a career in effective coastal management and communication across multiple stakeholders and regions.
February 25, 2022
– Honored to be a recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Student Award ($2000) by the College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Read more about it HERE.
January 15, 2022
– Wrote a blog on creating a concept map on ecosystem services provided by coral reefs in the Cayman Islands HERE.
December 14-16, 2021
– I attended the Reef Futures 2021 conference hosted by the Coral Restoration Consortium conferences on cutting edge science regarding coral restoration practices and techniques, coral disease mitigation, and coral larvae propagation.
November 10, 2021
– My first publication was published by AnthemPress on my book review on “Ocean Outbreak: Confronting the Rising Tide of Marine Disease” by Drew Harvell. Read the review HERE.
October 20, 2021
– I was honored to receive the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award presented by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the best essay on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation; blog post HERE.
October 16-20, 2021
– With the full support of the Minorities in Natural Resources Committee Scholarship, I attended the 75th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
August 29, 2021
– Wrote an analysis on the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan (2007), check it out HERE!
June 26, 2021
– Co-presented and wrote a presentation titled “Adaptive Governance: The Proposed Port Expansion in the Cayman Islands and its Impact on Reefs” at the J. A Roy Bodden Research Symposium, Cayman Islands.
– Supervised and mentored an undergraduate student on a research project examining clean water access and management in Mississippi and Alabama.
April 9, 2021
– Gave a guest lecture on science communication in Dr. Dunning’s course on conservation planning.
April 1-4, 2021
– Attended the 35th MANRRS Annual Career Fair and Training Conference and won the national and regional Social Media Campaign challenge for our Chapter ($1250). Read the article HERE!
March 3, 2021
– Gave a guest lecture in Dr. Gitzen’s undergraduate course on how I applied structured decision making to my research on the port expansion project in the Cayman Islands.
– Organized, created content, managed, and entered a MANRRS nation-wide social media contest with a campaign titled “Rethinking Diversity” highlighting the importance of diversity and the members of our student chapter.
January 2021- Present
– Became the Social Media Specialist for the Auburn MANRRS Chapter where I develop and organize creative content to promote AU MANRRS Chapters’ events, conferences, opportunities, and members.
December 1-2, 2020
– Attended COMMOcean2020, a biennial conference dedicated to marine communication. Learned about the value of visual science communication, how ocean literacy can be accessible to all, and social media strategies to reach a global audience.
October 26-27, 2020
– Attended the 74th SEAFWA Annual Virtual Conference, participated in four workshops, and learned about strategic planning in the conservation field. To read more about my experience, check out this ARTICLE I wrote!
September 25-26, 2020
– Attended the MANRRS Regional Virtual Cluster. The theme was “Reclaiming our Time, Territory, and Triumph.” Participated in three career development workshops.
September 24, 2020
– Accepted an award from the MIRNC subcommittee to participate in the 74th SEAFWA Annual Virtual Conference in October 2020. Read the blog post HERE!
September 19, 2020
– Attended an Equity, Climate & Allyship: Following Native Leadership Training led by Ellany Kayce, a member of the Tlingit Nation.
August 2020- Present
– Became the Lab Communications Director for the Conservation Governance Lab. I manage all communications on online platforms including website, Twitter, and Slack and develop, edit, and update the lab website with minimal supervision from PI.
– Accepted the Prestigious Merit Conservation Governance Fellow ($100,572) position at the Conservation Governance lab for two years of research on public policy and global coral reef management.
Research and Field Experience
Coral Restoration Foundation
From January 2018 to May 2020, I was an intern at Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in Key Largo, FL. I learned how to outplant and restore corals back onto the reefs, led public education and outreach events, gained marketing and design skills, and managed scientific monitoring dive trips.
Marbled Crayfish Research
During my last semester in Fall 2018 as an undergraduate at McGill University, I conducted an independent research project on marbled crayfish in the Ricciardi Lab. I compared the functional responses between the potentially invasive marbled crayfish (Procambarus virginalis) and established invader, rusty crayfish (Faxonius rusticus). I found that food competition would likely not be the the invasive source of competition of marbled crayfish on rusty crayfish.
I was a field assistant in the Ricciardi Lab of Invasive Species at McGill University over Summer 2018. I collected fish population data for the Quebec government, helped a colleague set up meso-cosms for tench, learned how to dissect fish stomachs and otoliths and gained aquaculture experience.
Heron Island Research Station
For my Marine Environment course at the University of Queensland, I conducted a field experiment looking at fish abundance over alive and dead coral patches at the Heron Island Research Station. Confirming my hypothesis, fish abundance was less over dead corals and higher when corals were alive.
Shark Conservation in Fiji
In the summer of 2015, I was a volunteer research assistant with Projects Abroad on a Shark Conservation Project in Pacific Harbour, Fiji. We performed fish surveys and population surveys of bull sharks and tagged juvenile hammerhead sharks.
75th SEAFWA Annual Conference
In October 2021, I was awarded the Minorities in Natural Resources Committee Scholarship to attend the 75th Annual Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Conference in Roanoke, VA. At the conference, I was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award for the best essay on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation.
35th MANRRS Annual Career Fair and Training Conference (Virtual)
74th SEAFWA Annual Conference (Virtual)
The 2019 DEMA Show
In November 2019, I was sent to the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association Show in Orlando, FL, as a representative of Coral Restoration Foundation.
148th AFS Annual Meeting
In August 2018, I was awarded the Undergraduate Travel Award that covered my registration, hotel, and travel fees to attend the 148th American Fisheries Society conference in Atlantic City, NJ.
I discovered a love for graphic design when I was the communications and marketing fellow at CRF. Over this past year, through self-learning, I’ve become proficient at Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. I’m also developing website design skills (including this one!) and look forward to honing and developing these skills. If you would like to see any of my work, please email me at email@example.com.