Growing up on the Connecticut River, I quickly developed a curiosity for the aquatic world. This curiosity eventually molded into an interest in fisheries biology, thanks to my undergraduate career at Northeastern University. Over the past few years I have worked on a wide array of projects, taken a plethora of marine science classes and traveled to a variety of ecosystems exploring this passion. While traveling with Northeastern University’s Three Seas Program, I was exposed to an assortment of topics and ultimately determined that I wanted to become a fisheries biologist. After developing a strong ecological background, I spent the following summer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Francis Juanes’ laboratory. I mainly worked on a project dealing with the mercury content and diet of large pelagic predators such as the bluefin tuna, mako shark and mahi mahi. This experience only increased my desire to work in a fisheries related discipline.
Eight months after my internship at UMass, I found myself working full-time with Jonathan Grabowski, a fisheries ecologist out of Northeastern University. During this intern period, I was involved with a variety of projects, most notably a stable isotope analysis of mud crabs and oysters, a meta-analysis on the potential connection between biodiversity and fisheries catch, an oyster transplant experiment along the east coast of the United States and my own research dealing with the diets of striped bass (Morone saxatilis).
Post-undergrad, I found myself in Panama with the Three Seas Program once again. However, this time I was hired as a teaching assistant for two classes, Oceans and Coastal Processes and Coral Reef Ecology. Now, I am currently working towards my PhD under Dr. Grabowski at Northeastern University.