I’m a New England native where I spent my formative years in beautiful New Hampshire and Maine acquiring an affinity for the ocean through surfing, sailing, and scuba diving. I studied at the University of Maine in Orono where I earned my B.S. in Marine Science in 2013 and M.S. in Oceanography in 2014.
My interest in weather and climate-related extremes was ignited by an unusual warming event in the Gulf of Maine during the summer of 2012. At the time, I was an undergraduate home for the summer in southern Maine amidst what would soon turn out to be one of the most significant climate-driven economic and ecological disasters in the region. Living in a small coastal Maine community, I recall the hardships this event placed on lobstermen unable to make profit due to temperature-driven changes in the timing of peak seasonal landings. Being eye-witness to this event, coupled with a curiosity for ocean physics, solidified my decision to pursue graduate work related to oceanographic temperature extremes, which would later be dubbed ‘marine heatwaves’. I moved to Seattle in 2015 to start my PhD in Oceanography at the University of Washington to study warming events similar to the one in the Gulf of Maine during the summer of 2012.
It was not hard fitting in with other Seattleites. My love for coffee, coding, and the outdoors certainly helped. On the weekends you can find me outside with REI as an Outdoor School Instructor where I teach stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking around the Puget Sound area. On Tuesday nights during the summer, odds are I’m out on Lake Union partaking in a 45-year-old Seattle sailing tradition called Duck Dodge.