I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and received my B.S. degree in Geology from The University of Florida. I had been interested in studying the effects of climate change and how to combat them using science and policy efforts. This ultimately led me to Rutgers, where I am currently a M.S. candidate in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. My research involves reconstructing sea level, sea surface temperatures, and ice volume from the Miocene Climate Optimum- a time of high temperature that occurred ~16 mya. I also have interests in using drone technology for geoscience education purposes, as well as integrating science with policy actions to better prepare people and communities for the increasing risks of climate change.