Research Interests:My love for marine biology began when I was in high school. While balancing my regular day to day classes, I managed to take night and summer classes at my local community college. It was there I was able to take college-level marine biology courses in Bahia de Los Angeles, Mexico and was well on my way to pursuing a degree in biology. Later on I attended the University of California, San Diego where I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. Toward the end of my college career, I began working for the Marine Turtle Research Group (now the Marine Turtle Genetics Group and Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Groups) as a part-time student worker. Once I graduated, I started working fulltime and have been ever since. My role in the Marine Turtle Genetics Group utilizes lab techniques such as DNA extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction to process tissue samples we receive from turtle populations all around the world. The data generated from these lab techniques are used in projects involving stock assessment, fisheries bycatch, multiple paternity analyses and even SNP discovery. I am also involved in the Genetics Lab Core, taking on different DNA extraction projects and helping the Collection Curator whenever I can. My fieldwork consists of studying leatherback turtles in the Caribbean and studying green turtles in San Diego Bay.