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I grew up near the Chesapeake Bay where I played barefoot in marsh mud as a child. Many generations of my family have reaped the rewards of the Bay's fishery, but they have also witnessed its decline. Among the first generation in my family to go to university, I'm proud to have received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in the field of water resource (Go Hokies!) and earth science (Go Banana Slugs!). Now I live and work on the coast of Monterey Bay. When I'm not teaching at California State University (Go Otters!), I'm co-directing Climate Aware with my brother and best friend, or creating. I love to fly fish mountain streams with my husband, Michael, or indulge in a good cup of tea plus a book with my two cats Isadora and Athena. 



2020 MS in Earth Science

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA


2017 BS in Watershed Management; Minors: Wetland science, forestry 

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA



2023 CSUMB Exceptional Level of Service to Students

2019, 2020 UCSC Regents Fellowship

2019 CERF Biennial Conference Travel Grant

2019 UCSC Future Leaders of Coastal Sciences Grant (co-PI; $20,000)

2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2018 Dr. Earl & Ethel Myers Oceanographic & Marine Biology Trust

2018 UC Davis ANR Drone Camp Remission       

2017 VA Lakes and Watersheds Scholarship   

2017 Thomas H. Jones Endowed Scholarship   

2016, 2017 Revere Gas Scholarship        

2015 Mary Emma Ragsdale Forestry Scholarship            

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