I have my PhD in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Through my research in microplastic pollution, I've become passionate about teaching the world that their daily choices have lasting impacts.

 

My Career Goals

I am currently the Price Postdoctoral Fellow at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. In this position, I get to learn about and practice science communication and outreach. I get to engage with underrepresented middle school students, teach a college course on science communication, and build exhibits on the Aquarium floor, among many other amazing job opportunities! 

While I enjoyed my years of academic research, I am loving getting to apply that knowledge in more applicable ways. I believe that the world of science communication and education needs more scientists that are deeply knowledgeable about the problems and are ready to engage in the dirty work of finding practical solutions.  

 
Photo by Lisa Gilfillan. Top photo by Leighton Rolley.

Photo by Lisa Gilfillan. Top photo by Leighton Rolley.

 

My experience

The years in my PhD program have given me great opportunities to gain experience not only in the world of research and writing in the hard sciences, but also in science outreach and communication, consulting, and teaching. I have seen firsthand how hard it is to bridge the gap between what is happening in the laboratory and what the public is understanding and implementing in their consumer habits and policy choices, and it has become my passion to help better meld these worlds. I hope this website helps give a fuller picture of my experience beyond the world of academia. 

Photo by Lisa Gilfillan.

Photo by Lisa Gilfillan.