I received my bachelor's degree at the University of California, San Diego. I am currently pursuing my Master of Science degree in marine biology. My research focuses on sea anemones and their fluorescence as a potential indicator of coastal waters health. I am particularly interested in environmental toxicology and how metals are affecting the intertidal zone with an aim to find a proxy for early stress in this particular environment. Fluorescence of sea anemones as a proxy would provide a non-invasive assay that is fast and efficient. My other passion is geology. I am an appreciator, collector, and seller of fine minerals found in nature. I also enjoy scuba diving, kick-boxing, jewelry making, and painting. I am grateful to be a part of the Deheyn lab and I look forward to my future research.