My educational experiences have given me a background in both geological and biological processes and have helped hone my interest in the field of geomicrobiology. Laboratory internships and various fieldwork have provided me with experience in various fields.
During an internship at University of Hawaii, Institute of Marine Biology, I worked with Dr. Marc Lammers conducting research on the ecological analysis of marine Damselfish populations. Through passive acoustic recording systems, I researched the influence of anthropogenic noise on the biological activity of a Damselfish reef population off the East coast of Oahu.
In 2009 and 2010, I worked with Dr. Jim Klaus and Dr. Don McNeill at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Miami studying Pleistocene coral reefs in the southern Dominican Republic. The goal of this ongoing study is to refine our understanding of how Caribbean reef systems responded to glacial-interglacial climate cycles over the past 1.2 Myr.