I am originally from Sonoma County, California. In 2007, I moved to Miami to pursue an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. I graduated with a bachelors of science in Marine Science and Biology, with a Chemistry minor. I continued on to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, with a focus on geomicrobiology. I played soccer for the University of Miami, and enjoy most outdoor activities including hiking, climbing, scuba diving,
snowboarding, and yoga.