My PhD thesis focuses on the molecular structure and biochemical makeup of the gelatinous mesoglea in ctenophores (tee-nuh-fohr or ten-uh-fohr), a phylum of gelatinous zooplankton (jellyfish!). In addition to studying their innards, I'm attempting to share my accrued knowledge and media with the wider world through scientific outreach and a commitment to open access for media and data.
I'm a PhD student in the lab of Dr. Alison Sweeney at the University of Pennsylvania. Evolutionary biology, particularly the early evolution of animals, fascinates me. I use principles from biophysics and biochemistry to approach these subjects in novel and interesting ways.
As an outgrowth of my scientific work on marine invertebrates, I have a keen interest in the conservation of the world's oceans, and sharing my experiences and knowledge of them with the wider world.