Assistant Professor of Instruction
Education: PhD in Marine Science, Concentration: Chemical Oceanography, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida
BS in Biology, Roanoke College, Salem, VA
Office Phone: 727.553.3504
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A short paragraph or two describing what you do at the college
My primary research interests involve biogeochemical cycling of carbon in both marine and freshwater environments and processes that influence biomarkers and optical properties of colored dissolved organic matter.
At the University of South Florida, I oversee Graduate Exemplary Mentoring (GEM) meetings that focus on providing a safe space and nurturing relationships among students within the College of Marine Science (CMS). Previously, I was a part of the leadership team to the University of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM), a program funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. I create a welcoming and inclusive environment within CMS by facilitating open dialogues on challenging topics and implementing peer mentors for incoming students. Alongside these responsibilities, I teach Introduction of Oceanography and the Geologic History of Florida.
In 2019, I spearheaded CMS’ first NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supplement program. This initiative paved the way for Making Waves REU, an NSF REU site award. Making Waves REU is designed to provide an immersive ocean science REU for students with different social, cultural, and academic backgrounds. The inaugural REU supplement program was also instrumental in my appointment as Program Manager for Florida Institute of Oceanography's Peerside program in February 2023. My role with Peerside has allowed me to further contribute, and I have been actively engaged in planning and organizing the program for the upcoming cohort.
My journey, from being a bilingual first-generation Latina to earning a Ph.D. as a non-traditional student, has shaped my commitment to fostering inclusivity in Marine Science.