About Me

I completed my BS in Biology at Sonoma State University in northern California, USA as a first-generation college student where I completed an honors thesis on the impacts of tidal fluctuation on coralline algae physiology with Dr. Karina Nielsen. After completing my bachelor degree, I earned my PhD with Dr. Deron Burkepile in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During my PhD I was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support my research investigating how human impacts drive changes to community structure and organismal physiology in coral reefs. After my PhD, I was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence postdoctoral researcher in the Science Education Partnership & Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) led by Dr. Kimberly Tanner at San Francisco State University. My postdoctoral research investigated teaching strategies and curriculum interventions that promoted more inclusive and equitable learning environments for students who are historically excluded from science with the goal of mitigating equity gaps in biology classrooms.

As of Fall 2021, I am joining the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos as an Assistant Professor. I am looking forward to collaborating with students and colleagues to build my discipline-based education research (DBER) program where we will investigate the science of teaching and learning in STEM classrooms.


PhD (2020) Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Certificate in College and University Teaching (2020), University of California Santa Barbara

BS (2014) Biological Sciences, Sonoma State University


NSF GRFP Extension Fellowship, University of California Santa Barbara

Graduate Research Fellowship in Ecology, National Science Foundation


Excellence in Teaching Nominee, University of California Santa Barbara

Chancellor Doctoral Incentive Scholar, California State University

McNair Scholar, Sonoma State University

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Scholar, Sonoma State University

Memberships and Affiliations

Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research

Western Society of Naturalists

Mo'orea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research Project

Ecological Society of America
International Society for Reef Studies
American Academy for Underwater Sciences