Our newest marine science educator loves to travel and brings experience and knowledge of Florida's oceans from her time spent working at the Miami Seaquarium. Learn more about her below! 


Where are you from?
This is always a hard question for me to answer. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but have moved almost every two years of my life (sometimes internationally). I usually say Connecticut because thats where I went to high school and would go home to during college breaks. 

Where did you go to school and what did you study? 
I went to undergrad at the University of Miami and got a dual bachelor of science in biology and marine science. I received a Masters of Professional Science from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) in marine conservation. 

Is there something about working at Sanibel Sea School that you are looking most forward to? 
I am very excited about the significant field component of Sanibel Sea School. Experiential learning where students can touch, feel, see, smell, and maybe even taste the environment around them is so important. It’s not only hands on, but also hearts on, and can make a lasting impact on students. 

What do you like to do during your time off? 
I enjoy anything that allows me to be outdoors. I love to scuba dive or just spend the day relaxing on the beach. 

Favorite sea creature:  
Blue-ringed octopus 

What's the best music for a weekend at the beach? 
Jack Johnson is always a good call for a weekend at the beach. 

If you could visit any marine ecosystem on the planet, where would you go? 
I would explore the deep sea ecosystems. There is much to discover and some pretty wild creatures down there. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself? 
The travel bug bit me hard. My absolute favorite thing to do is explore somewhere I’ve not yet been. It pushes me out of my comfort zone each and every time, and I love all the valuable lessons traveling has taught me.