As a MS Candidate in Chemistry at UC San Diego, I am currently studying the biological, physical, and chemical methods of bioplastic and plastic degradation in anaerobic digesters and marine environments. I am also developing bioreactors to simulate the degradation of these plastics in marine, composting, and anaerobic environments. Because plastics are found in every part of the globe - from the oceans, to the soils, to even Antarctica - my research will provide greater insight into how companies can better design upcoming bioplastics, and degradation rates of plastics that have already entered natural landscapes can be improved.
I have always been inspired to find creative solutions to mitigate climate change and pollution, and enjoy spending my free time in nature, whether it be running, hiking, kayaking, biking, or skimboarding. I also enjoy playing the violin and singing.