PhD Candidate

Education and Outreach; Marine Ecosystems; Ocean Change: Acidification and Hypoxia

Current role in the field of ocean sciences: Grad Student

Area(s) of expertise within ocean sciences: I study the effects of environmental variability on mesopelagic fish communities. In particular, I have studied how variations in midwater hypoxia affect the vertical distribution of mesopelagic fishes, as well as their aerobic and anaerobic metabolic activities, and the community composition response to oceanic fronts. I have spent quite a bit of time at sea, including participation in a Chief Scientist Training cruise, and use a range of tools, including active acoustics, trawl nets, ROVs, and biochemical techniques (enzyme activity assays). I have a Masters degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, am quite active in education, outreach, and diversity activities, and will begin a Knauss fellowship in marine policy in DC in February.

Interest in becoming a mentor: While there is certainly much to be learned from senior scientists, I think some of the greatest mentors that I had early on in my graduate career were the more advanced graduate students. They could relate to my experience, but had passed many of the hurdles that were still ahead of me (departmental exams, qualifying, delivering my first conference presentation, etc.) and were really able to coach me through the process. I would like to serve in this role to a newer student. Also, as someone who has bridged science and policy throughout my career, feel I have some expertise to provide to students who may be considering nontraditional (i.e., nonacademic) career paths.

Languages spoken, in addition to English: N/A

Highest Degree Earned: Masters

Career Stage: Early