I knew from an early age that I wanted to study marine biology after I had my first snorkeling experience at the age of 11. I chose to study marine biology at Bowdoin College, where I took advantage of its flow-through seawater system at the Coastal Studies Center to conduct my senior research project on the effect of predator cues on urchin growth and morphology. I completed my PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara with Steve Gaines and Bob Warner investigating the consequences of fishing-induced changes in predator size for marine food webs. I was an NSF OCE post-doctoral research fellow with Malin Pinsky at Rutgers University where I examined the impacts of climate change on predator-prey interactions and fisheries. I am currently an assistant professor in biology at Wellesley College.