I am an aspiring marine conservationist specializing in marine debris prevention and removal and in the Deheyn lab I am studying different types of fabric's degradation rate in seawater. I am currently a Master student in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. My goal is to understand marine debris from a comprehensive perspective in order to drive behavioral change, empower communities, and make a difference in the fight against marine plastic pollution.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon, captivated by marine life. When I began seeing the impact of marine debris, I felt compelled to step up and do something about the marine debris epidemic plaguing our oceans. I graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa with a BA in Psychology and later earned an MBA in Nonprofit Management, and an Entrepreneurship Certificate from Chaminade University. I love to freedive, try new recipes, and watch science fiction movies in my spare time.