I grew up on the North Carolina coast and graduated from the University of North Carolina (go Heels!!) with majors in biology and chemistry and a minor in marine sciences. While at UNC, I became fascinated by marine phytoplankton as I worked in a lab studying diatoms, which led me to graduate school at UCSB.
My research interests are in characterizing marine microbial community structure and diversity with an emphasis on the eukaryotes for the time being. My primary focus is linking optical, chemotaxonomic, and molecular approaches for this purpose, with the hope of developing novel methods for the remote sensing of microbial community structure.