I am the Clean Seas Research Scientist Lead at the Seattle Aquarium. In this role, I manage, lead, and grow the organization’s marine debris program through expanding research, funding, and partnerships as well as waste reduction efforts in-house. My research is predominately focused on plastic end-of-life and affects on marine systems with the goal to use findings to inform policies.
I have over 10 years of experience in marine pollution, data science, zero waste, and public policy. I am invested in expanding and achieving sustainability goals through leadership, problem solving, and communication. In addition to plastic, marine debris, and sustainability knowledge, I have worked hard to become a leader in the field with notable project management, strategic development, as well as computer and analytical experience.
I earned my PhD from the University of Washington in the Department of Biology in Dr. Emily Carrington’s lab. For my dissertation I broadly studied 1) The impacts of microplastic vs silt on marine mussel filtration rates, 2) How micoplastics affect the benthic-pelagic coupling role of marine mussels, and 3) The growth and spread of marine microplastic research and national plastic policies. I am lucky to have done my work at Friday Harbor Laboratory on San Juan Island (WA), around the greater Western Washington area, and out on the Olympic Peninsula.
In addition to marine biology, science communication, and spending time outdoors, I am an avid frisbee player, playing in leagues and tournaments year round.