We have known for decades that viruses are an extremely abundant component of marine ecosystems. Through predation and gene transfer they are able to impact host community composition, and through infection and lysis they impact the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients. However, without the complete characterizations of these abundant entities, including who their hosts are and specific infection dynamics between virus and host, the total effect on global biogeochemical cycles by viruses remains unknown. My current research focus is on developing and utilizing molecular and computational tools to determine virus-host pairs in the marine environment, and even capturing active viral infections of hosts in sampled water.
When I’m not science-ing I am usually spending time with my family, which includes one partner, an infant, two dogs and three cats. We like to run, bike, cook, hike and garden.
2015-Present Graduate student University of Washington School of Oceanography
2012 Masters in Teaching University of Washington School of Education
2011 B.S. Biology University of Washington
2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
2018 McManus Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 Vopni Scholar
2011 Jane and Paul Crowder Endowment Recipient
2011 Knowles Science Teacher Foundation Finalist