Institute of Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
I am an active researcher at the intersection of oceanography, physiology, ecology, engineering, acoustics, signal processing, marine biology and biomechanics. I am interested in how organisms group together in spatially and temporally restricted patches, and how predators can exploit these patches. Trained as an educator, I spent 6 years teaching high school math after 6 years guiding wilderness trips. My career-long commitment has been to the idea that high-quality education can be a gateway to success, and I have worked to increase educational opportunities and access for young people from all walks of life. My educational training includes a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Brown University, a master's in education from Stanford University, a master's in oceans, earth and atmospheric science from Oregon State University and a PhD in biology from Stanford University. My PhD dissertation examined multi-scale drivers of foraging efficiency in rorqual whale engulfment filtration feeding.