I attended Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate studies, where I graduated from in 2015 with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. I then spent the next four years in Charleston, South Carolina where I earned a Master's degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston. In Fall of 2019, I moved to Chicago to pursue my research interests as a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Outside of the laboratory, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching baseball games, and scuba diving. I am also passionate about sharing and teaching about the aquatic environment outside of my research.
In 2016 and 2017, I was fortunate to be involved with the Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA). MANTA is an education and research organization founded by my former research advisor Dr. Rusty Day that "provides an intensive, experienced-based field study program in fundamental and applied marine science and the principles and practices of the nautical sciences". My time with MANTA was a defining experience in my career that solidified my interests in research and education of the aquatic environment.