Current job: Park Ranger/Marine Ecologist/Park Dive Officer at Channel Islands National Park
What life experiences may have led you to a career in STEM?
I grew up on a tiny island off the coast of Southern California called Santa Catalina Island. As a child, my brother and I spent all our free time in the ocean around our island home. We dived, snorkeled, fished, operated boats, and water-skied from about the time we started walking. That is where my love for the environment, particularly the ocean environment, was born. I always knew I felt a deep connection to the ocean and from an early age felt a strong desire to preserve and protect it. I also knew I needed to understand it better, so I knew I needed to focus my academics on STEM studies.
I go home each day feeling good about the work that I do. I know I am contributing something positive to my community, my country, and (this could be a stretch, but I believe it!) the world. Good planets are hard to find. I hope you decide to join me in taking care of the one we have.