Lab/Office: 5309 McGaugh Hall
University of California, Irvine
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
321 Steinhaus Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Curriculum vitae: PDF
Fieldwork Photographs: Gallery
I am interested in how marine organisms acquire energy based on their specified digestive strategies. Specifically, I am interested in how environmental changes impact the ability of marine organisms to specialize on low-quality food sources. I also enjoy pairing my research with various outreach endeavors.
March 2017: I was awarded a UCI OCEANS Graduate Student Fellowship for my work on bonnethead sharks! This project will involve collaborations with art student Lauryn Moles and law student Dr. Zackory Burns. I was also awarded funds from Friday Harbor Labs to continue my exciting work on shark spiral intestines!
February 2017: The ESA oral session co-organized by myself, Dr. Kwasi Connor, and Dr. Sarah Gilman was accepted! Looking forward to seeing you at ESA in August.
January 2017: I presented my research on the function of the spiral intestine in elasmobranchs at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Meeting in New Orleans, LA. You can find a video of my talk in the "Publications & Presentations" section of this website.
2016: I was honored to be awarded an NSF GRFP, as well as a YEG from National Geographic, a GIAR from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, the Raney Grant Award from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and a GIAR from Sigma Xi. I was also fortunate enough to participate in the Friday Harbor Labs Fish Functional Morphology course and be accepted to the 2017 UCI Climate Action Training Program.
2015: Watch me and three young scientists explore the California coast in the SciGirls episode "Terrific Pacific" on PBS! The full episode is now available online here.