I am from Michigan where I grew up surrounded by the Great Lakes and spent as much time as I could on water. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan (go blue!) in 2018. After graduating I spent a couple of years gaining research and field experience as a lab technician studying cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. My doctoral research here at the University of Georgia uses various ‘omics techniques to study phytoplankton-bacteria interactions and dissolved organic matter cycling in the oceans. My research also focuses on the influence of climate change on metabolite exchange and other microbial interactions. When I am not doing science I am more than likely trying to entertain my two year old Golden Retriever, cycling, or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen.