I was born and raised in Burke, Virginia, a suburb located just outside of Washington, D.C. In 2010, I graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I also spent over two years living in both Sydney and Brisbane, Australia as an exchange student and wandering traveler. I received my M.S. in Applied and Resource Economics from East Carolina University in 2012. As a CRM Ph.D. student, my goal is to weave my economics background into efficiently managing coastal resources. Currently, I am studying the welfare of ecosystem services of coastal beach systems and the management of coastal shoreline erosion. In my free time I enjoy long distance running, painting, exploring new places, and playing with my dog, Chuck.