Science has become a way for me to explore and understand the world around us. I wake up excited to learn new things and connect ideas together like fitting jigsaw pieces into an infinite puzzle. In January (2018) I completed my PdD with with Dr. Mark Brzezinksi and Dr. Jeff Krause at UC Santa Barbara. After a coast-to-coast road trip, I have started a post-doc in the Menden-Deuer Lab at the University of Rhode Island. As a post-doc I'll be working on microzoolankton herbivory and its role in the biological pump as part of the NASA EXPORTS program.