I obtained a hard science background at U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology, with an Ecology emphasis. I spent my junior year studying at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. I followed this up by taking a summer research expedition in Peru to study two species of river dolphins on the Amazon River. Back at Berkeley, I wrote my senior thesis on the underwater vocalizations of botu and tucuxi dolphins.
I have worked as an environmental consultant for a small Los Angeles firm. I provided consulting services to industrial and other business clients, such as completing storm water, air emissions, and hazardous waste reports for the EPA; writing pollution management plans; sampling air and water; researching the latest regulations; meeting with clients and inspecting their facilities; and serving as a liaison with state and federal regulatory agencies. I became familiar with many of the most important environmental laws, including NEPA, CEQA, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.
My environmental interests include researching government policy and legislation, performing environmental impact studies to help ensure sustainable development, and protecting our natural resources for use that benefits both humans and ecosystems. I also hold a B.A. in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley, with an emphasis on Political Discourse. This helps me communicate effectively both in writing and public speaking. It enables me to articulate ideas about science in a way that others can easily understand, whether it be in publications or conferences.