First and foremost I am a curious person with a passion for the wilderness, and most importantly for the conservation of our wilderness and environmental resources.
I am an Ecologist with emphases in Marine Ecology, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry. I am most interested in how the incredible progress of our own species affects the well-being of others. Along with the multitude of positives from industrialization comes the side-effects that we inflict on the environment and all its inhabitants including ourselves. My broader research interests regard the ecological effects of anthropogenic contaminants on wildlife and our resources (e.g. water, seafood). More specifically, my current focus is the implications of the infiltration of plastic debris into aquatic habitats. I am currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Aquatic Health Program, funded by NOAA’s Marine Debris Program under Dr Swee Teh at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. In September I began tenure as a Davis H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellow in Conservation Biology.