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.
November 2017: I had a blast discussing my shark research with the public at a Brews and Brains event at Fireside Tavern. Stay tuned for the video! I am also absolutely honored to have won a UCI Public Impact Distinguished Fellowship!
October 2017: I am the Gills Club featured scientist for this month! Check out their Facebook page for my Q&As and photos throughout the month. I also won 2nd place for the Best Graduate Student Talk Competition at the Southwest Regional Meeting of Organismal Biologists (SWOB)!
September 2017: My new paper with Quang Nguyen and Dr. Donovan German has been published online in the Journal of Comparative Physiology B! You can access the PDF on my publications page. I was honored to be invited to give a seminar at McDaniel College. Thank you to Dr. Katie Staab and TriBeta for organizing it!
August 2017: I am honored to have been awarded a Newkirk Graduate Student Fellowship Award! These funds will help integrate exciting citizen science opportunities into my dissertation research. Also, my bonnethead shark work was in the news again! Check out the full story from Keys News here. I presented this research at ESA in Portland, OR as part of an oral session which I co-organized with Dr. Kwasi Connor and Dr. Sarah Gilman.
July 2017: National Geographic published an article featuring my research on seagrass-eating bonnethead sharks. Check out the story here! Earth Touch News also published an article on this work. I am also starting an internship with the NOAA SWFC where I'll be working on an analysis of opah habitat distribution and foraging. Stay tuned! Finally, I am honored to have been awarded the Samuel H. Gruber award for my presentation on spiral intestine morphology at the AES conference in Austin, TX!
June 2017: I have officially advanced to PhD candidacy! I am also honored to have received the Grover C. Stephens Memorial Fellowship Award for my comparative physiology research. Finally, I am heading back to Friday Harbor Labs this month to continue my work on elasmobranch spiral intestine functional morphology! It's a great month!
May 2017: Our review of shark digestion is now officially published in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. Go to my publications page for the PDF!
April 2017: My paper, "The Nutritional Physiology of Sharks," which I co-authored with Dr. Donovan German and Dr. Yannis Papastamatiou, has been accepted for publication in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. Keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks!
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.