I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in science education at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. In this role, I develop, implement, and evaluate science education programming in both formal and informal settings. I also teach and mentor students in pedagogical practices and active learning techniques. In addition, I conduct research that largely explores the characterization and responses of aquatic communities and organisms to varying environmental conditions and biological interactions. Much of my work examines the fundamental properties, rates, and community structuring of planktonic assemblages. To conduct this research, I have cultivated a wide variety of expertise, incorporating fieldwork, method development, theoretical work, and computer modeling. Overall, I am enthusiastic about using research to inform scholarship and providing people with authentic learning experiences so we can all increase our understanding and appreciation of the natural world.