I am from Rockland County, NY and have obtained my B.S in Oceanography from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2017. I am currently pursuing a M.S. in Oceanography in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. I am an avid environmentalist and have always been interested in studying the ocean. I have worked with various groups including Gateway National Park, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and the North Carolina Estuarine Research Reserve, all with goals of protecting and restoring water quality and the critical natural habitats of the coast. I am excited to be returning close to home and beginning research on offshore wind energy with Travis Miles and the Center of Ocean Observing Leadership. The Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience program is a goood fit for me because I will have the opportunity to address coastal issues through both research and communication with coastal stakeholders. Now more then ever, it is important to assess risks for coastal communities and determine solutions to provide the coast with lasting resilience.