I have been really interested in conservation and specifically aquatic/marine conservation for a long time. I started scuba diving with my mom quite young and really fell in love with the ocean. In 2019 this led me to get my divemaster certification and work as a guide on the island of Bonaire. I was involved in a lot of cleanup projects, lionfish culls, and educational tours for tourists visiting the island, and I learned about the MPA surrounding much of the island. Living on Bonaire really cemented my interests in marine biology and made me see the impacts that proper conservation can have on local communities.
I grew up in DC and was always surrounded by politics. In high school I began to get involved in protests and climate activism, and I was really excited to see the modules here at oxford that talked about the practicalities of implementing conservation policies, and the considerations that go into those policies. I am excited to start work with ICCS and really dive into the human side of conservation.
My current project is looking at the historical impact of the UK fishing industry on marine megafauna through bycatch. The UK and many countries have set goals for net zero, or net positive biodiversity impacts for the future. By calculating their historical impacts it will make it possible to hold the UK (and hopefully in the future other countries) accountable for not only their current impacts but also their historical ones, which is critical to achieving conservation goals.
I will be using a combination of available data and models to calculate the bycatch of the UK fishing industry from the mid 20th century.
Divemaster, Dive Friends Bonaire
July 2019- September 2019
Tour Guide and Translator, Botanic Gardens of Rome
Tutor, Blue Education
Nov 2019 - Present
Barista, District Doughnut - Washington DC
Nov 2017- June 2019
JCR President, Jesus College, Oxford
Dec 2020 - Dec 2021
Environmental and Ethics Representative, Jesus College, Oxford
Dec 2019 - Dec 2020
Sustainability Officer, Somerville-Jesus Ball Committee
April 2021-April 2022