I received my bachelor’s in Biology with a minor in Environmental studies from Boston College as well as a joint master’s in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University. My master’s thesis examined age and growth from non-invasive measurements of free-swimming whale sharks in the South Ari Atoll, Maldives. Currently, I am working on a collaborative project with Georgia Aquarium investigating an aggregation of whale sharks at St. Helena in the South Central Atlantic. This project aims to investigate the habitat usage of whale sharks around the island as well as to categorize the microbiome of the large mature individuals in these waters. I am broadly interested in life history, population demographics, and movement ecology as well as understanding how the microbiome plays a role in ecology, health and behavior.