Prior to studying Marine Biology, I gained a degree in Business Administration at the University of Vermont, USA in 2009. Working as a Project Manager at Drexel University, Philadelphia, I began taking courses focusing on ecology of the New Jersey Pine Barren terrestrial habitat and species. Between 2010 and 2014, I worked as lab assistant in The Laboratory of Pinelands Research (Warren Grove, NJ) tracking northern pine snakes and in the Drexel University Entomology Lab (Philadelphia) where I captured, reared, identified, and dry preserved Tiger Beetles and other insect species found in Equatorial Guinea, Africa.
In 2015 I completed my M.S. at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. My research focused on seagrass and foraminifera ecology and the effects of ocean acidification and climate change. I looked at how primary productivity of macrophytes can change seawater carbonate chemistry of benthic habitats within a seascape and quantified these effects on growth and survival of foraminifer Marginopora vertebralis. I continued my research at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Townsville in collaboration with the Microsensor Group from Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany looking at microhabitats of foraminifera on different substrates.
My current research investigates biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions from tropical systems. Specifically interested in isoprene and DMS, I am establishing baseline flux measurements within mangrove, seagrass and benthic habitats. Due to the volatility and low concentrations of these compounds, method development is key to measuring these fluxes. This work will enable better understanding of the relative contribution of each marine habitat to the emission of these BVOCs to the atmosphere.