I received my BA in Biology from Grinnell College in 2010 and my MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado in 2014. My master's research focused on population dynamics and size diminution of Didymosphenia geminata. My recent work and research interests have focused on issues of taxonomic consistency in diatom community data and how to account for them, protect against them, and generally how to improve the quality of such datasets for the purposes of freshwater bioassessment. I have recently joined the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where my attention will turn to the adaptive potential of Southern Ocean diatoms in the face of climate change.