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 + a book with my two cats Isadora and Athena.