About Born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised just south of Atlanta, Georgia, I am now happy to call the Gulf of Mexico (aka The Third Coast) home. Prior to my arrival at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, I acquired a deep appreciation for our world’s oceans sailing the Bearing Sea and Arctic Ocean with the US Coast Guard. Afterward, I uncovered my fascination for marine ecology at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology. Following the defense of my dissertation, I boarded a flight to Seattle where I studied genetics and genomics as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the University of Washington School of Oceanography. The influence of oceans on human health and well-being has become a central theme in my research and teaching interests. This broad theme intersects with a diversity of topics including but not limited to conservation biology, marine pollution, emerging infectious diseases, harmful algal blooms, coral reef ecology, natural resource management, and global climate change. Education Ph.D., University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology, 2010. Thesis adviser: Erin K. Lipp. Thesis title: Environmental factors and reservoir shifts contribute to the seasonality of pathogenic Vibrio species.