Before my academic pursuits, I served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Fiji, where I became committed to pursuing a career that would help sustain the coral reef ecosystem we all relied on. I returned to the States and entered the graduate program at The University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. Upon finishing my masters degree in chemical oceanography in Rhode Island I moved to Miami (better weather, worse surf) to continue my education as a PhD candidate. I left Miami in 2015 headed for New York City where, along with community environmental outreach and contract work, I pursued my ultra-running career. I currently live in Barbados where i serve as scientific adviser for a local NGO dedicated to protecting Barbados' coral reefs. I hope to use my understanding of climate change and its adverse implications on coral reef ecosystems to educate local communities who rely on these ecosystems for food and income. It will take a global effort to ensure that coral reefs remain a part of our future; I hope to play a key role in that effort.