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My journey into marine science traces back to my childhood adventures, where my parents fostered my fascination with the ocean. Trips to aquariums and the Maritime Center in Connecticut, alongside my dad's passion for swimming, ignited my love for water and marine life. A pivotal moment occurred during a family excursion to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, where snorkeling exposed me to the intricate interactions within marine ecosystems. Witnessing the decline of coral reefs globally fueled my determination for marine conservation.

In high school, I immersed myself in marine biology, conducting hands-on research on corals and exploring marine habitats during field trips. This formative experience led me to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Spelman College. There, I delved deeper into marine research through independent projects and volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium. Continuing my academic journey, I earned my Master of Science in Biology from Clark Atlanta University, conducting thesis research at The Georgia Institute of Technology. My path eventually led me to the University of Georgia, where I am currently pursuing doctoral research in the Department of Marine Science. My work focuses on the ecological connectivity and impacts of climate change in coastal ecosystems of the South Atlantic Bight. 

My upbringing, surrounded by strong women of color, instilled in me a commitment to serve as a role model for aspiring young women in STEM. I aspire to dismantle barriers and create opportunities for future generations of Black scientists. Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black scientists in marine science, I am also dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion in the field and advocating for a more inclusive scientific community. In times of adversity, I draw inspiration from Dory's timeless advice: "Just keep swimming!"


In my leisure time, I indulge in my passion for swimming, SCUBA diving, travel, and culinary adventures, finding joy in exploring the wonders of the natural world.

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