As an evolutionary ecologist I’m interested in studying how marine species’ traits, demography, and microevolutionary mechanisms together shape the spatial and temporal distribution of genomic diversity. I am particularly interested in using multi-year ecological and genetic monitoring to capture species’ short-term evolutionary responses to ecological and environmental change and better mitigate anthropogenic impacts.
Currently, I’m a Project Scientist at the University of California, Merced studying conservation genomics of the sunflower sea star, Pycnopodia helianthoides. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher working with Rachael Bay, Jay Stachowicz, and Rick Grosberg at UC Davis, studying the ecological genomics of the eelgrass, Zostera marina. I earned my PhD at UC Merced in Mike Dawson’s lab.
I am also a first generation college student and I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the great mentors who influenced my career trajectory. (Thank you!) Thanks to them, I was exposed to areas of study I didn’t know existed or didn’t think were within my reach. Now, I study evolutionary ecology in marine systems and aim to provide opportunities for students who might be in a similar position. Contact me if you might have an interest in getting involved in research, or if you have questions about taking that step!