I received my Bachelor of Sciences in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz in 2006. Prior to that, I worked at the Island School, a non-profit marine science semester course for high school students in Eleuthera, Bahamas. I grew up in New York City and the ocean has always been a passion of mine. I started diving when I was 12 and became a PADI SCUBA instructor when I was 18. I have since worked all over the Caribbean teaching teenagers diving and marine science for experiential education programs. I received my MS from RSMAS in the Marine Affairs and Policy division in 2010 and I started my PhD in the fall of 2010 in Marine Biology and Fisheries. I am a research assistant for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (www.iss-foundation.org), a partnership between scientists, conservationists and the tuna industry. I am interested in sustainable fisheries and my master’s thesis focused on the effects of bluefin tuna farming in the Mediterranean using an Ecopath model of the Catalan Sea.