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Summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school, COVID hit the world. I found myself with the time to make my dream of creating an organization to support sharks and the ocean's ecosystem a reality.


Currently, I attend the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami and am working to earn my BSMAS in Marine Biology and Ecology and eventually plan to earn my PhD. I continue to focus on shark research and conservation efforts with the hope of making a difference for these amazing animals.


My recent experiences include learning to free dive with sharks as well as participation in top shark research programs. I attended The Field School in Florida and drew blood samples and skin tags to be used in research studies. I also learned about minimizing stress risk to the animals during research and overall best shark handling and release practices. I also worked in Florida with another program as a research scientist helping tag, track and record information about sharks and rays on the Gulf Coast.



My field experience began with Dr. Craig O'Connell from O'Seas Conservation Foundation ( when I was 11. I began as a camper in his summer camp which gives kids the opportunity to experience shark research firsthand. After my first summer, I was hooked and knew I wanted to be just like Dr. O'Connell. I cannot imagine a better mentor than Dr. O'Connell, who saw my love and passion for sharks and took me under his wing. In 2018, I accompanied him to Guadalupe Island in Mexico to help on a research project, but also to dive with the largest and most majestic great white sharks. I was all of 13 years old. Later, I became the first-ever O'Seas Research Fellow.


Summer of 2020, I was included in a Shark Week shoot and appeared in the "Sharkadelic Summer" episode looking for great white sharks off Montauk, NY. I also attended the University of Miami's Summer Scholars Program for marine biology and learned from two more top researchers: Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and Dr. Chris Langdon. Later in August, I worked with  Dr. O’Connell and two other reknown shark scientists, Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and Dr. Jon Dodd of The Atlantic Shark Institute in Rhode Island, on a five-year study of juvenile great white sharks in NY. We tagged and took tissue samples from juvenile great whites and then released them with the goal of better understanding their development. 

I've always been fascinated with the ocean. When I was very young, my mother would tint my bathwater blue, and I would take a bath wearing my mask and snorkel with all my plastic sea animal friends.  As I got older, I discovered Bass Masters, River Monsters, and Shark Week on TV.  My fascination with ocean life, and sharks in particular, grew.  In 5th grade, I wrote my first nonfiction essay and chose to write about bull sharks.  For my 10th birthday, I begged to go cage diving and got my first up-close shark experience diving in an aquarium with sharks. My only disappointment was that none of the sharks came at me gaping, with their mouths wide open.  In high school, I was chosen as a "Teen to Watch" by Moffly Media for my work as well as for my academic, athletic, musical and other involvements. I am honored by this award and will strive to be worthy of this high distinction.

I have seen first hand how essential our work is to understanding and protecting these amazing, intelligent and essential creatures. Despite covering over 70% of our Earth's surface, so little is known about what is happening in our oceans. 100% of your donation goes directly to funding key conservation and research efforts.

The Shark Side is raising funds to support shark and marine biology research projects that help achieve our goal of shark conservation and research.
Won't you please help us?


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