I grew up in a chemistry lab here on campus. With both of my parents being professors (one of Physics and the other of Chemistry) I was set on a scientific path from an early age. I was always taught to have a high appreciation for inquisitiveness and finding out answers on my own, so the move into science and research has always been my primary goal. When I went to college at Birmingham-Southern, a small liberal arts institution in Alabama, I focused into physics. I had never taken an oceanography class before coming to UGA as a graduate student, so when I took a summer of undergraduate research with Professor Daniela Di Iorio (now my major advisor) I was a bit out of my element. However, the amount of interconnectedness of the core sciences so intrinsic to the study of Marine Science really drew me in. The opportunity to be able to uncover connections between different fields, as well as learn about a variety of different scientific approaches was too compelling to pass up.
Now as I work for Professor Di Iorio, I investigate the workings of deep sea hydrothermal vents, specifically the hot hydrothermal vent plumes being emitted from venting sites in the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the west US coast. Our work will model the heat transport in detail from individual plumes as well as to map the heat transport through the entire ridge segment. As we get a better idea of the dynamics of the area, we can better characterize the contribution these venting zones play in regard to the global ocean heat budget.
When I am not at the computer tweaking various input parameters or running simulations, I go over the adjoining dance department for ballet classes. It’s always refreshing to exchange the computer screen for a barre now and again. In the evenings, I enjoy playing games with friends, or practicing kendo.