I grew up in the foothills of the Cascade mountains in Oregon. I am a geobiologist and am generally interested in microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling.

I attended Amherst College and majored in Biology. After graduating, I spent three years working in diverse lab settings. I interned at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) Marine Lab in Florida, worked for a year in a plant-microbe symbiosis lab at UCSB, and then worked for a year at MIT studying cyanobacteria.

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD at Stanford in the Earth System Sciences department. I study nitrogen-cycling microbial communities in San Francisco Bay in the Francis Lab.