Postdoctoral Research Associate

Estuarine and Coastal, Marine Ecosystems, Microbiology and Molecular Biology

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Post-doc

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: I am a marine ecologist. I research symbiotic and free-living microbes in the ocean and the role that these microbes play in maintaining and destabilizing organismal and environmental health. My background is in using high-throughput molecular techniques and bioinformatics to characterize microbial community diversity and function in environmental samples (shallow and deep-sea corals and molluscs, seawater, sediment, biofilms).

Interest in becoming a mentor: Large meetings can be overwhelming and confusing to navigate your first time around as a student. This is especially true if you are attending on your own (i.e., not accompanied by your advisor or other members of your lab). Networking is one of the most important things you can do at a meeting, but approaching senior scientists can be quite intimidating. Having a mentor, or someone to introduce you to others in the field can help you to establish important contacts for future employment as well as the skills to expand your network in the future. I would like to help students feel more confident to present themselves and their work at scientific meetings. Also, I think it’s very beneficial to have someone who is a few steps ahead of you career-wise to discuss different pathways inside and outside of academia. I would like to serve as a resource for students in this capacity.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: N/A

Highest Degree Earned: Doctorate

Career Stage: Early