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 wrote my senior thesis on my research on the underwater vocalizations of river dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon.
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.
More recently, I interned at Paso Pacifico, an environmental NGO that conserves ecosystems in Nicaragua. My work there involved identifying and labelling animal species in camera trap videos, researching conservation of endemic flora and fauna, assisting with social media and special events, and helping with financial accounting. I also interned at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, researching maritime-related topics pertaining to ecology and designing exhibits about them using Canva.
My career interests and goals 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, which has helped me develop good communication skills.