My love for the ocean began in my youth from spending numerous summers with my family on the bay and at the beach. Participation in a marine science summer program with the School for Field Studies helped me better define my interests in population biology and conservation. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Richmond in environmental science and music. During summers, I participated in various internships with the Natural Resource Defense Council, Carl Safina’s Living Ocean’s Society (now Blue Ocean Institute), and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. These experiences provided me with field and analytical research experience in marine biology, ecology and policy. During the completion of my master�s degree, I studied the cultural, political and biological state of the yellowtail snapper and Caribbean spiny lobster fisheries in the U.S. Caribbean. Currently, I am a PhD student in Marine Biology and Fisheries and a research assistant with the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, the lieson organization between the University of Miami and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With the National Marine Fisheries Service, I served on three stock assessment panels as part of their Southeast Data Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process. My current work develops agent-based models to study the impact of fisher behavior and decision making on the spatial distribution of fishing effort in multispecies fisheries. The study will look at how the multispecies nature of various fisheries and the implementation of management policies affect the estimation of a standardized catch per unit effort index of abundance.
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