Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?
I am passionate about fisheries conservation and am hopeful that my PhD research/degree will position me for a career conducting research to inform conservation and fisheries management decisions.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
I came to be a part of Dr. Hinch's research program, which provides an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the field due to topical research in an extensive collaborative network. His lab has an amazingly supportive atmosphere and produces quality work. Also, Vancouver is a top-notch place to live!
What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?
I spent the last several years living at the beach in Texas and abroad and assumed that the atmosphere would be much different in the urban setting here, but I've been pleasantly surprised by Vancouver's strong beach culture (and quality of public recreation areas in general).
What do you like to do for fun or relaxation?
I like to explore and recreate in the outdoors. Any team sport with a ball or activities like backpacking, fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, skiing.