The goal of this blog is to provide information about my research, outreach activities, and other efforts and relevant issues.
Who I am: I am a Ph.D. graduate student in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University and I received my undergraduate degree at Tufts University. I am from Long Island, New York and I have a passion for dancing, writing poetry, running, and biking. You can often find me at contra dances or swing dances around the greater Boston area.
My Research: I am currently studying how sea level rise is affecting salt marshes. I am measuring how fast they are growing vertically to see if their growth is keeping up with sea level rise. I would also like to study algal blooms and using algae to address societal challenges such as waste management and carbon sequestration. My previous research has focused on secondary chemicals in plants and how they are altered by different environmental factors.
Outreach Efforts: My efforts are focused on encouraging women and all students to become involved in science. If we are going to solve the enormous challenges humanity will be faced with in the coming decades, we need representatives of all communities involved in important scientific endeavors. Through the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering group at BU, I work with women of all ages to effectively address the gender imbalance in our field. Most of my efforts with this group are focused on running an Girls Science Club where a group of graduate level women scientists lead hands on activities related to scientific concepts for 8 and 9 year-old girls at a local Boys and Girls Club at the West End House in Allston, MA. I have also developed a passion for teaching and consider conveying knowledge about climate science and the scientific process an essential part of my work. Along with Nathan Nesbitt, I have begun a program focused on teaching K-12 students about climate change, current research in the field, and how to get involved in scientific research. A part of the goal of this program is to reach out to underrepresented groups in science.
I also work with the environmental activism groups in Massachusetts to do outreach to the public about climate change.
General: Overall, my objective is to help as many people as I can in the most effective way possible. Consequently, my focus is on addressing climate change, which I believe is one of the most important issues facing humanity today. This is because it is possible that we could alter our planet to the point where it will be incapable of sustaining human life. As a society, we have an opportunity to take a holistic approach to this problem and address societal issues like inequality from environmental injustices while creating a sustainable world. I hope to be a part of this just and stable transition.