I am currently working on my Ph.D. with a primary focus on coral histopathology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island. I completed my Master's degree at the School of Marine at Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University in August 2012. In October 2012 I participated in a month-long coral research cruise to Micronesia aboard the M/Y Alucia with scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

I study corals because they are beautiful and fascinating. Like many other marine conservationists, I am witness to their ongoing decline, and I am hoping that my contributions to science may lead to solutions to the problems threatening coral reefs today.

Colony counts in Micronesia. Photo by Luis Lamar.