After growing up in Indiana, I became fascinated by the ocean on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, and have been engaged in coral reef research and conservation ever since. I studied at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in the outer banks of North Carolina as an undergraduate, and conducted my graduate work at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, with projects in Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys, and Pacific Panama. I am now a postdoctoral researcher in the Gates Lab at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology working on projects in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. My research interests range from experimental physiology and molecular biology to genomics, bioinformatics, and theoretical ecology, as well as exploring new approaches in statistical computing and data visualization. My study system is primarily the symbiosis between reef-building corals and their dinoflagellate algal symbionts, but I am broadly interested in the dynamics of microbial symbioses in changing abiotic environments. I am currently supported by a NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology.