My primary research interest is the application of molecular techniques to inform conservation of natural resources. I am interested in traditional conservation genetics questions, such as designing hatchery programs to preserve diversity, as well as more evolutionary questions that focus around understanding and preserving adaptive diversity. I believe that interdisciplinary research is vitally important and work closely with resource managers to design and conduct research that combines genetics and ecology to address applied management questions. I grew up near the ocean in San Diego, California, earned my BS in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned my PhD at the University of Washington studying the genetics of Alaskan salmon. During my PhD I spent five summers in UW-FRI field camps in Bristol Bay and conducted sampling on a gillnet boat in the Bay for two summers. During this time, I gained a deep appreciation for the fisheries of Alaska, especially the crown jewel sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay. My hobbies include diving, boating, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding.