My research interests include marine spatial ecology, marine protected areas, and integrated aquaculture systems. For my Master’s research, I am determining the optimal growth conditions for kelp in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) systems around Rhode Island. I am analyzing the abiotic conditions at study sites and how they influence the bioenergetics of both kelp and oysters to create production potential maps for the aquaculture industry. I am glad to be working to support local sustainable food systems.
I graduated from Smith College in 2017 as a double major in Biological Sciences as well as Environmental Science and Policy. Since graduating, I have worked for the Maria Mitchell Aquarium in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and The Ecology School in Saco, Maine, expanding my skills as an environmental educator and science communicator. I grew up landlocked in Williamstown, Massachusetts, but still managed to find a love for all things ocean. I enjoy exploring outdoors, all sorts of dance, cooking, and knitting.