Liaison Major: Biology
I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah loving the mountains
and outdoors. I moved to Ohio to earn my
bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College where I majored in biology and minored in
writing. During my senior year I did a
semester-at-sea study abroad program and fell in love with the ocean. When I
graduated, I started looking for experience and travel opportunities related to
the water and worked for several years for marine education programs and
research projects in the Florida Keys, The Bahamas and Australia. I eventually went on to pursue an MS degree
in biology at the University of South Carolina where I wrote my research thesis
on individual variation in fiddler crab behavior and its relationship to
After finishing grad school I worked for several years
as a manager for two academic ecology labs.
The first studied sea grass and carbon sequestration, and the second studied
freshwater food webs. Despite my passion
for marine ecology, a career in nursing was in the back of my mind. It is a profession I deeply admire, and I was
ready for a change. I applied and was accepted into Yale University’s School of
Nursing, earning an MSN and specializing in acute care. With this degree I worked for clinical trials
investigating experimental drugs to treat fibrotic lung disease, an urgent care
clinic, and an ICU.
I’ve been in
Jacksonville since 2017 and enjoy exploring North Florida, especially the
beaches, with my husband and toddler. I’m honored to be an academic advisor here at UNF, and excited to be a
member of this diverse and talented community.