M.S. Marine Affairs and Policy - University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - Summer 2015
B.A. Marine Affairs, Ecosystem Science and Policy Minor - University of Miami - December 2013
Graduated summa cum laude with distinction in the major
Research Interests / Specializations:
Mapping spatial patterns of change, coastal resilience, natural resource conservation, ecosystem services in a changing climate, environmental policy
My research interests include mapping patterns of land use change throughout different landscapes, at various spatial scales, while analyzing their associated policy implications. As natural systems succumb under intensified anthropogenic pressure, the effects of human development, resource exploitation, and climate variability on coastal resilience remain a puzzling unknown. I aim to employ GIS and remote sensing technologies in developing a new methodology of assessing the effectiveness of current conservation actions, and work on implementing more effective strategies for coastal protection.
My background in marine science was a catalyst that focused my attention to the importance of mapping patterns of change throughout the natural world. My previous research was dedicated to understanding the complex characteristics of marine ecosystems. I studied the genetic composition of diverse coral communities and their subsequent shift under the intense pressure of dredging and sedimentation. I also explored the correlations between toxic algal blooms and physical environmental parameters, identifying bloom hot spot areas, and their effects on the local economy, human health, and coastal vulnerability.
Integrating my past and current research, I hope to develop a holistic understanding of the inter-linkages present in the natural world, and the role of humans as a central part of this unique system.
Coral Reefs of the Eastern Tropical Pacific: Persistence and Loss in a Dynamic Environment - Contributing author
Karenia brevis Hot Spots in the West Florida Shelf and their Associated Socio-Economic Implications - Under review
Mailing addressDepartment of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720