I am motivated by an appreciation for biological diversity, a deep interest in the evolutionary processes that create it, and a desire to conserve it. A major barrier to conservation is a lack of public understanding of what is at stake as we lose species and ecosystems, and education can lower that barrier. As Baba Dioum said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
I currently teach Marine Biology and Ecology, Tech, & Sustainability at University of Portland, and in 2019-2020 taught introductory biology and ecology at Mt. Hood Community College. Previously I was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences working with Dr. Terry Gosliner on nudibranch ecology and evolution. I received my PhD in 2016 from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA, mentored by Dr. Paul Barber.
Visit my Study page for information about my research projects and the Learn page to explore my work in education and science communication. Latest news will show up on the Home page, where the sidebar displays recent observations in my iNaturalist project, Cryptic Coral Connoisseurs, and posts from my nudibranch tumblr, Nudibooty.