Describe your work at NCEAS.
I am collaborating with a team of scientists at the NCEAS to calculate the 2019 Ocean Health Index Scores.
What's your favorite thing about NCEAS?
The friendliness of the people and the level of expertise each employee has.
What was an "a-ha" moment or experience that made you want to do work in ecology, science and/or conservation?
Being a native of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, a small island in the Outer Banks, I grew up seeing firsthand the effects of environmental degradation on my community. After working in previous data analyst positions in other sectors, I realized I could use my analytical skills to preserve the lives and livelihoods of others. Particularly, places like my home town.
If you could be any animal (or other organism), what would it be and why?
What's your favorite Santa Barbara spot?
My favorite spot is Captain Fatty's Brewery. My favorite things to do outside of work are hike and surf!