Since I encountered oceanography, I have been interested in how ocean biogeochemical cycles are regulated by microbes. My previous work focused on spatiotemporal variations in organic carbon supply and its bacterial consumption, along with carbon balances, in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. During the course of these studies, I was fascinated by the idea of using bacterial gene expression to address biogeochemically reactive compounds. I joined the Moran lab in 2017. I am now working on a study that focuses on links between primary producers and bacteria, and the key compounds coupling the two.