Advisor: Matt DiMaggio
I am a PhD student at the UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab working with Dr. Matt DiMaggio. My research interests include larval fish nutrition, gut enzyme ontogeny, and larval survival under varying environmental conditions. I will work with both freshwater and marine ornamentals to develop species-specific feeding protocols and weaning schedules.
I received my B.A. in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2015 where I discovered my passion for ornamental aquaculture during my senior thesis research on the determination of juvenile Banggai cardinalfish habitat preference. I graduated from the University of Miami with a Master of Professional Science degree in 2017 where I studied the factors affecting loggerhead sea turtle hatch success in Everglades National Park. Prior to starting at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab (TAL) in 2019, I worked at Roger Williams University where I helped culture Atlantic lookdowns, glassy sweepers, and smallmouth grunts along with researching alternative protein sources in salmonid feeds.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, baking and spending time with my pet duck, Tiny and golden retriever, Obi-Wan.