I received an M.A. in Biology from Sonoma State University and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. My graduate research focused on understanding the reproductive energetics of pinnipeds ranging from a study examining the mechanism behind increased lactation efficiency with age in elephant seals, to investigating how maternal traits and foraging behavior influence energy allocation in Antarctic fur seals. In addition to my thesis research, I was able to pursue my other research interests in foraging ecology and diving physiology in a variety of species including California sea lions, Galapagos sea lions, elephant seals, and crabeater seals.
In June of 2013, I completed a postdoctoral research project at Scripps Institution of Oceanography evaluating the role of blood oxygen depletion, heart rate, and oxygen management strategies in the determination of routine foraging dive durations of the California sea lion. Currently I am an NSF International Research Fellow at Aarhus University in Denmark combining two of my research interests in a project studying the field energetics and diving physiology of harbor porpoises. I will joined the faculty at Moss Landing Marine Labs as an assistant professor in January 2015.