The BU Marine Program is simultaneously responsible for my happiest and most stressful times at BU and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate in Fall 2009 and 2010 semesters. These courses gave me the opportunity to further my laboratory and field skills set as well as make connections in the marine science world. After Sergio’s Estuaries course I was given the opportunity to work for Linda Deegan of the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center processing salt marsh soil core samples. Working with green crabs in Jelle Atema’s Sensory Biology led to publication, and I was honored to be chosen as one of the recipients of the Lara Vincent Award for the Fall of 2009.

I officially graduated in January of 2011–that spring I returned to the Sea Education Association (SEA) as a deckhand and laboratory assistant to gain more experience working at sea, travelling from Honolulu to Midway Atoll/Papahanaumokukea National Marine Monument.

For the summer of 2011 I was selected as the AAUS/OWUSS Scientific Diving Intern.  I worked at Shannon Point Marine Center of Western Washington University getting trained as an AAUS diver and working with native pinto abalone restoration efforts.

In September 2011 I started my job as a Research Assistant 1 for the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Essentially a field technician, I spend my time diving within the surf zone deploying and retrieving oceanographic sensors for Oceanographers of PV lab. In the fall, we completed a study in Katama Bay of Martha’s Vineyard and our future field work is scheduled for the New River Inlet and Duck Field Research Facility, both in coastal NC.