NSF DDIG AWARD!

I was excited today to receive a call informing me that, after the dozens of fellowships and grants I’ve been applying for over the years, I’ve finally received one of great significance! This National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant will allow me to investigate interesting responses I’ve seen with saltwater intrusion and drought in the brackish marshes of the Everglades. The exact details of the award and my final chapter can be found here.

 

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First Field Restoration Event!

After 3 months of workshops and training with the Frost Science Museum here in Miami, it was finally time for my first official event as Science Communication Fellow with the Museum. Our task for the next 6 months was to share our scientific knowledge with school groups and volunteers during specific coastal restoration events. The site we are restoring is located on Virginia Key, an artificial island created during the dredging of Port Miami.

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The Museum has planted sea oats, a vegetation with an extensive root system that holds together sand dunes and prevents them from eroding during storms, protecting the interior land. As you can see above, they are still very young.

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Today, we had a group of Upward Bound middle school students come out. Their job was to remove invasive seedlings that might impede sea oat growth and to pick up trash washed in by the tide. My job was to teach them about the importance of the restoration project and about the endemic species that will utilize this habitat.

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Overall, the students were eager to learn and be engaged, and you can’t beat Miami in January.

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About Me

IMG_4375Thanks for visiting my site! I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Tiffany Troxler’s lab at Florida International University in Miami, FL and a graduate student within the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER network. My work revolves around investigating biogeochemical cycling, plant physiology, and carbon processing in coastal wetlands, with a particular interest in how marsh functioning responds to saltwater intrusion.

My other interests include effective science communication and policy. I was able to hone my communication skills during a year-long stint as a Science Communication Fellow with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum in Miami in which I got to teach middle schoolers and volunteers on the importance of coastal restoration.

Feel free to explore my site or ask me any questions. Cheers!