Biology, University of North Florida (2016)
Biology, University of North Florida (Anticipated August 2019)
Majors: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics,
I’ve been making Jacksonville my home since 2006, when I
moved here from Largo, Florida. I have a fierce love for animals and I live
with a small zoo of pets including a variety of reptiles, amphibians, fish,
insects, my beloved cat, Lily, and my zany green-cheek conure, Mako. I believe
this love is the reason that I became so engrossed in science at a young age.
I’m all about balancing my left and right brain, so my hobbies include reading,
writing poetry, drawing/painting, and making music.
I have been a student at the University of North Florida
(UNF) since 2012, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Coastal Biology. I
had the privilege of conducting research during my undergraduate career, where
I focused on determining detoxification enzyme activity in deep water sharks
five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. During this time I was also
able to explore my artistic side by minoring in painting, drawing, and
printmaking. I enjoyed taking a break from the world of science in my art
classes. I learned a great deal about myself as an artist, and I even
collaborated on a mural featured on campus at UNF!
I will soon be graduating with my Masters of Science in
biology. My M.S. research explores non-traditional biomarkers of stress taken
from the blood of sharks captured in both recreational and commercial
fisheries. These biomarkers are used to determine the impact of stress on the
shark during capture and also to predict a threshold of stress that will result
in post-release mortality. During my time as a graduate student, I have had the
opportunity to interact with students, provide advice based on my experiences, and
push students towards their own research and academic goals. I accomplished
this by instructing labs for General Biology I and II, assisting for the FIO:
Field Marine Science course, and assisting with the summer Research Experiences
for Undergraduates program (REU) in the biology department.
Through my experience working with students and teaching, I
have developed a passion to help students grow and set goals for themselves in
their academic endeavors. As an academic advisor, it is my goal to successfully
guide students through their academic pursuits towards their future
post-graduate programs and careers. If you have questions about getting
involved in research opportunities, I’d be happy to help! I look forward to
getting to know you!