I was raised in sunny Southern California and spent most of my life in and around the ocean. I completed my B.S. degree in Marine Biology at California State University Long Beach where I discovered my love for scientific research. Following graduation I worked in a water, sediment, and animal toxicology lab as a gas chromatography mass spectrometry analyst until I had the fantastic opportunity to enroll in the Friday Harbor Functional Fish Morphology and Ecology course taught by Dr. Adam Summers and Dr. Lara Ferry. This course sparked my interest in filter-feeding and led me to enrolling in a doctoral program where I learned about the wonderful world of human anatomy, functional morphology, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, and materials testing.
I completed my doctoral degree in Biology (biomechanics and funcional morphology) at the University of Washington at the Friday Harbor Laboratories studying filter-feeding in the cartilaginous fishes. Following graduation, I continued my training at Arizona State University as a Post Doctoral Scholar in Dr. Lara Ferry's laboratory. Here I continued my research in comparative biomechanics this time examining the material properties of unmineralized bone and cartilage in deep sea fishes. I have maintained my ties with the University of Washington and Friday Harbor Laboratories teaching the Functional Fish Morphology and Ecology course that had originally sparked my interest in biomechanics.
In Fall 2014, I joined California State University Fullerton's (CSUF) Biology Department as an Assistant Professor of Biomachanics. My lab focuses on multiple topics in functional morphology and comparative biomechanics of marine systems. I am now accepting applications for Master's students for the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Biomaterials (FABB) Lab. Interested students should click here for more information about applying to CSUF.