I grew up in Chester County, outside of Philadelphia. I initially set out to be a marine biologist, but after a two year stint as a biology major at the University of Richmond, I transferred to the University of Delaware to pursue Environmental Science, and ultimately, Environmental Geography. I began to focus on climate change and environmental policy at the end of my undergraduate career.
Combining my undying love for the marine world and my new-found interest in environmental policy, I entered a marine policy masters program at the University of Delaware. I eventually bypassed my masters, and completed my PhD in Marine Studies with a concentration in Marine Policy in 2013. My dissertation covers undergraduate student understanding of climate change. I am best classified as an Environmental Studies Scholar.
I moved to Philadelphia after completing my degree, and began a Visiting Research Professorship at Drexel University. I also taught environmental science and biology labs as an Adjunct at St. Joseph's University. I moved to central Pennsylvania and accepted a Postdoctoral Research position at Bucknell in the summer of 2015. This winter I accepted a tenure-track position at Eckerd College in Environmental Studies. I will start in the Fall of 2017.
I somehow manage to cram my limited free time with numerous and diverse pursuits. I am a rock climber, scuba diver, backpacker, semi-retired triathlete, occasional kiteboarder, and generally active thrill-seeker. I'm also an artist, marine photographer, and semi-professional musician (Read: I sometimes get paid to sing). If you're interested in all the "other stuff", feel free to check out the "Creative Side" tab at the top of the page.