I grew up on the west coast of Florida. Little did I know as a kid that the many hours shadowing my dad in the garage and his patient lessons in sailing (Rule 1: always pack the cooler with Cuban sandwiches; Rule 2: learn to tie a bowline) would be so valuable to my future career!
My approach to oceanography has always been from engineering. As an Environmental Engineering undergraduate at the University of Florida, I had my first taste of research in the physical sciences when I volunteered to help out with some fieldwork in an estuary near St. Augustine. I was hooked. This experience led me to study fluid mechanics as a graduate student at Stanford University and then onto two post-docs – the first as a postdoctoral scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the second at the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington.
In 2012, I joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, and I am currently building the Coastal Dynamics Laboratory and, as a mother of two, teaching my daughters to tie a bowline.