About Me

IMG_1849I am the Conservation and Sustainable Behaviors Scientist with Boeing, at the Everett facility in Washington, USA. In this role, I manage, lead, and help grow the organization’s sustainability and waste reduction program through expanding efforts, behavior change analyses, and corporation-level assessments. My previous job and research as the Clean Seas Program Lead at the Seattle Aquarium was predominantly focused on plastic end-of-life and effects 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.