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 on sharks and rays. Following graduation I worked in a toxicology lab as a gas chromatography mass spectrometry analyst until I enrolled in a Ph.D program with Dr. Adam Summers at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories. This is where I fell in love with the wonderful world of functional morphology, biomechanics, fluid mechanics, and materials testing.
I completed my doctoral degree in Biology (biomechanics and functional morphology) and continued my training at Arizona State University as a Post Doctoral Scholar in Dr. Lara Ferry's laboratory.
In Fall 2014, I joined California State University Fullerton's (CSUF) Biology Department as an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics. 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.