My research focusses on microbial activity connected to methane cycling (production and consumption) in marine organic-rich surface sediments and on the abiotic breakdown of methane in the marine environment.
I received my Bachelor’s of Science at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in Marine Biology. While at UCSC, I worked in a phytoplankton laboratory that focused on coastal ocean monitoring of harmful algal blooms supervised by Dr. Raphael Kudela. Before coming to UCLA I was employed at University of Southern California (USC) in Dr. Douglas Capone’s research lab investigating the nitrogen cycle in marine systems. There I participated in monthly research cruises off the coast of Southern California known as the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT).