After receiving a dual degree in Biology and French from UMass Dartmouth in 2009, I took a year off from academia to explore my interests as a fisheries biologist on George’s Bank, as a toxicologist studying the impact of PCBs in coastal waters, and as an educator of math and science. I quickly identified that I needed a multi-disciplinary degree to intertwine all of my interests yet remain rooted in the natural sciences and I am thrilled to have found such an opportunity in the Leslie Lab. I have always carried a desire to improve environmental stewardship in New England by educating the general public- children and adult, alike- and I am proud to be called both “earthy” and “crunchy.” My thesis work will focus on the effect of various stressors on the rocky intertidal zone.