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. After accepting a Postdoctoral Research position at Bucknell, I lived in central PA for two years. My partner and I moved to Florida in the summer of 2017 so that I could begin my tenure-track position at Eckerd College and we love St. Petersburg! I added the title "Mom" to my list in 2019, when we had our amazing child.
I somehow manage to cram my limited free time with numerous and diverse pursuits. I am a rock climber, kiteboarder, scuba diver, backpacker, and generally active thrill-seeker. I'm also an artist, marine photographer, and singer, although those activities seem to get the least of my attention these days. If you're interested in all the "other stuff", feel free to check out the "Creative Side" tab at the top of the page.