I grew up in upstate New York and stayed there to attend Cornell University, where I received my B.S. in biological sciences and science of earth systems in 2007. My interest in conservation biology, and specifically in sea turtle conservation, grew after spending two summers at Cornell's Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore Island, Maine. In 2006, I was fortunate to do research at the National Marine Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, where I conducted a study on the foraging ecology of leatherback sea turtles using stable isotopes. Recently, I have become interested in quantitative ecology, and my current research focuses on spatial structure in population models of long-lived pelagic species.