I graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Marine Science. During my time as an undergraduate, I did research on pteropods under Dr. Heather Judkins. This was my first introduction to the DEEPEND Project. I am currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Marine Science and Oceanography at Florida Atlantic University under the supervision of Dr. Jon Moore. My current research focuses on Melamphaidae fishes and will investigate their vertical ecology. In the future, I’d like to look into dietary preferences and reproductive patterns in deep sea fish.