I graduated with my PhD from the Duke University Marine Lab, researching algae growth for biofuel production. Phytoplankton provide half the oxygen we breathe and can produce something else we use: energy. I aim to reduce algae cultivation costs to make algal biofuel production more commercially viable.
My research has been highly motivated by an interest in environmental sustainability. Majoring in Environmental Engineering as an undergraduate and being part of Duke’s Ecology program has provided an interdisciplinary perspective for tackling environmental issues.
In addition to research, I’m passionate about science communication and outreach. I wrote as a blogger for Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and pursue outreach opportunities that engage young women in STEM fields. I’m currently pursuing science communication with the goal of informing evidence-based decisions to solve environmental challenges.