Getting here:

I arrived in the middle of the night when I visited the COA campus for the first time. When I stepped out of Seafox the next morning, all I could see, feel, and smell was the fresh sea fog off the bay. While wandering the campus, I found students barefoot in the library. I knew I was where I belonged.

Favorite class:

Marine Biology

Although I did not come to COA with a marine focus in mind, this class opened my mind to the intricacies of the local intertidal. Through a historical comparison study, I was able to focus on the marine macro algae of Otter Cliff which I would like to do further work on. This class was heavily fieldwork-based which has made me eager for other classes in the field. 

 

Internship:

In the summer of 2016, I took my internship with the Anderson lab assisting with a long-term field experiment at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL) in Gothic, Colorado. This reciprocal transplant common garden experiment is investigating the effects of climate change on Boechera stricta by relocating local plants to five gardens at varying altitudes. Find more information about this long-term study and the resulting papers at this link.

Working at a reciprocal transplant garden in Crested Butte, CO.

Life on Mount Desert Island:

Visiting the beach isn't only fun in the winter.

Exploring Acadia in the off season offers new experiences like impressive waves at Sand Beach and frozen streams on Park Loop Road.