Welcome! I want to tell you a little bit more about me…
I am a coastal geologist and intersectional environmentalist based in Richmond, Virginia. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the Coastal Geology Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. At VIMS I study how coastal dunes protect coastal communities from hazards such as sea-level rise and storms.
My passion for the natural world around us stemmed from a childhood spent watching the waves rework the beach, day after day, season after season, year after year. I am forever grateful to my parents for insisting on trips to national parks over Disney, and fostering my curiosity in environmental sciences. In 2016 I graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Environmental Geoscience and minors in Geology and Geography. After undergrad, I worked as an environmental consultant for a large firm and was quickly disenchanted with the regulatory process and lack of responsibility from corporate polluters. I transitioned away from industry and obtained a M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Delaware in 2018 (see my research page for more info!). In my current research as a Ph.D. student, I am eager to produce results that have tangible implications for coastal management.
When not at the beach for work, you can often catch me at the beach for fun. I also enjoy paddling, hiking, crafting, and trying new restaurants and breweries with my loving partner, Will, & loyal dog, Watson. We are enjoying exploring Virginia & North Carolina during my Ph.D program.