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Visiting Lecturer – Scripps Institution of Oceanography – UCSD

Researcher – Marine Mammal and Turtle Division- Southwest Fisheries Science Center – NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

I am a Visiting Lecture at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and I conduct cetacean conservation biology research at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, a NOAA Laboratory. More about my research with NOAA here. In September, I will begin a Smithson Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Pyenson’s laboratory.



2016               Ph.D. Marine Biology  – Scripps Institutions of Oceanography – UC San Diego – La Jolla, CA

2011                  M.S. Biological Oceanography – Scripps Institutions of Oceanography – UC San Diego – La Jolla, CA

2002                   B.S. Zoology, minor in Wildlife Ecology & Management – Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Oklahoma



2007-2009 – Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, AMNH – Manager

Prior to attending graduate school, I was the Manager of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History for three years.

2006-2007 – American Museum of Natural History, Conservation Genetics –Manager

I had the wonderful opportunity to help launch this program at the AMNH. It is headed by Dr. George Amato (now the director of the Sackler Institute) and uses genetic techniques to study all things from sushi to caviar to endangered macaws and leopards.

Demonstrating automated DNA sequencer for students from Bayonne High School (Photo by Adam Ligeraldi)Sampling humpback whales in Madagascar's Antongil Bay

2003-2006 – Cetacean Conservation & Research Program Madagascar – Field Biologist

Although often very difficult, my time in Madagascar was always extremely rewarding. I made some wonderful friends and colleagues (and collected a journal full of stories) conducting this work and I hope to continue work in Madagascar in the future.

2003-2006 – Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation Genetics – Laboratory Technician/Field Biologist

My time with WCS was one of the most memorable in my career. I spent 9 months of the year in New York, housed at the AMNH’s Molecular Systematics Laboratory and the other 3 months in Madagascar’s beautiful Antongil Bay. My main purpose there was to collect photographs and skin biopsy samples of humpback whales used to estimate population abundance and genetic connections with other populations.

2002-2003 – American Museum of Natural History – NSF REU in Molecular Systematics





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