Postdoctoral Scholar
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics

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I am interested in how physical climate impacts interact with environmental management and ecological functioning, on time scales of storms to decades. I have experience studying wave-driven beach erosion and recovery; the use of beach nourishment (sand replenishment) as a coastal management practice; and satellite mapping of coral reefs to inform conservation and restoration efforts. I am also passionate about environmental justice and climate change communication, and advancing equity and inclusion in science. 

I am excited to be joining San Jose State University in Fall 2021 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor for the new Earth System Science major, developing connections between main campus and SJSU's Moss Landing Marine Laboratories


Science Friday Interview: Does more sand always mean a better beach?

San Diego City Council public comment on the climate emergency (See time stamp 2:00:00-2:04:00 in the City Council recording

WHOI Coastal Field Methods Course (see time stamp 2:35-2:52 in video on right side of page)

A conversation on building safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community in the geosciences

Resources for LGBTQ+ Oceanographers

Survey: Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 Rainbow Reception for the LGBTQIA+ Community 

Google group for LGBTQ+ Oceanography community at large

Queer @ Scripps list-serve sign up

AGU Connect LGBTQ+ Community


Ph.D. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, 2016

M.S. Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, 2011

B.S. Physics, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, 2007, Cum Laude