NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
My father was in the Army Corps of Engineers, so I lived all over the U.S. growing up, including Alaska and Hawaii. I first learned to scuba dive when I was 12 living in Hawaii, stopped diving when we moved to Virginia a few years later, then picked it up again after moving to San Pedro, CA in 1987. I found I enjoyed diving so much I decided to enter the graduate program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in 1990. I was lucky (and persistent) enough to join the VIMS dive team and was involved in many scientific diving operations in the Chesapeake Bay, Florida, and the Bahamas during my graduate work. After completing my PhD at VIMS in 2002, I undertook a post-doc at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole and was subsequently hired as a fishery stock assessment scientist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
My diving days are over, but I now enjoy developing and applying computer models to simulate and assess fish population dynamics and recruitment processes. I am contributing to the Exploring Groundfish Dynamics with Integrated Biophysical Models aspect of the Gulf of Alaska Project.