Honors & Awards

  • Revelle College Commencement Speaker, UC San Diego (June 2020)
  • UC San Diego Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award, UC San Diego (June 2020)
  • Oceanids Outstanding Service Award, UC San Diego (June 2019)
  • Town and Gown Scholar, UC San Diego (May 2019)
  • Eureka! Undergraduate Research Scholar, UC San Diego (June 2019)
  • Triton Experiential Learning Scholar, UC San Diego (2018, 2018, 2019)
  • Provost Academic Honors, Revelle College, UC San Diego (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • SMUD Powering Futures Scholarship, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (May 2018)
  • Ernest C. Mort Leadership Excellence Award, UC San Diego (June 2017)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Explorers Club (2021 - Present)
  • Scientist, Skype a Scientist (2020 - Present)
  • Early Career Committee, NASA Network for Life Detection (NfoLD) (2020 - Present)

Education & Certifications

  • Minor, UC San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Marine Sciences (2020)
  • BS, UC San Diego, Biochemistry & Cell Biology (2020)

Personal Interests

Scuba diving, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Did life exist on Mars? My research addresses the salinity limits of microbial life in extreme environments on Earth to determine how and where to look for life on other planets. As a member of the NASA-funded Oceans Across Space and Time Team (OAST), I am targeting three hypersaline brine ecosystems: solar salterns (San Diego, CA), acidic brines (Western Australia), and deep hypersaline anoxic basins (Gulf of Mexico). By analyzing how microbial metabolism changes with salinity and additional environmental extremes (low pH, high pressure, etc.) we can constrain how the environment impacts global biogeochemical cycling on Earth and beyond.

Lab Affiliations

Work Experience

  • Laboratory Technician, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (June 2020 - August 2020)


    La Jolla, California

  • STEAM Instructor, Sally Ride Science (March 2019 - June 2020)


    La Jolla, California