I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island (Putnam Lab). I study the ecophysiology and nutritional requirements of dinoflagellates that form mutualisms with reef-building corals (family Symbiodiniaceae). Broadly, I am interested in how these needs pertain to their ability to maintain symbioses with corals and how these unions withstand climate change stressors. I recently earned my PhD in Biology from Penn State University (LaJeunesse Symbiosis Ecology & Evolution lab) where I studied the various importances of trace metals in coral-algal symbiosis. For more information on my past and present research, please see the research tab.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, giving my cat (Belle) too many treats, long walks on the beach, collecting stones, puzzles, and swimming (pool and open water).