Class of 2014
Bachelor of Science: Aquatic Biology
Distinction in the Major
As an undergraduate at UCSB, I was fortunate enough to become engaged with several outstanding research groups, with whom I completed three National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) programs. First with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER) group in the summer of 2012, followed by the Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) LTER in the summer of 2013, and finally with the Gretchen Hofmann Lab research group in the summer of 2014. Upon completion of my senior thesis work advised by Dr. Daniel Reed, I graduated with both the Distinction in the Major and Dean Bazzi Memorial Scholarship awards.
Marine Biology Candidate
Degree Objective: PhD
Tobo Lab: Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Robert J. Toonen
I am currently a fourth year PhD candidate in the ToBo lab at UH and will be focusing my research on evolutionary and physiological responses climate change stressors in marine invertebrates. Using manipulative breeding experiments, genetic and physiological assessments, and population comparisons, I aim to determine the relative contribution of adaptive and acclimatization based response mechanisms. I will be using my pre-existing physiology and ecology toolkit as well as expanding into the realm of molecular biology.