Watershed Department Portland Main Office
I am a biogeochemical oceanographer working within CRITFC’s Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) program, where I help lead the observational time-series component. Time-series programs are essential for understanding our changing oceans and protecting the organisms and coastal communities that depend upon them. I am thrilled to support CMOP’s biogeochemical time-series in the Columbia River Estuary and the CRITFC mission to protect local salmon species.
My oceanography career began as a graduate student at Oregon State University, where I led research projects on nitrogen fixation, ocean acidification, marine microbiomes, and oyster pathogens. After completing my Ph.D., I worked for five years as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I studied the ecology of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms in the North Pacific. My previous research has primarily been field-based: I’ve spent over 100 days at sea and dozens of days sampling Oregon estuaries.
Along with working at CRITFC, I am currently a Raelyn Cole Editorial Fellow with the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Through this fellowship, I train early career researchers in peer review and advocate for equity and inclusion in academic publishing.
I grew up in Olympia, Washington, and am happy to be back living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of work, I enjoy running in forests, surfing small waves, and spending time with friends, family, and dogs.
- Ph.D., Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, 2017. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
- M.S., Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, 2013. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
- B.S., Biology, 2010. Barnard College, Columbia University