I graduated from Rider University with a B.S. in Marine Science and a minor in Dance in 2017. While attending Rider, I had the opportunity to intern at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) under the direction of Rider University professor, Dr. Paul Jivoff. My interest in the field station and its research projects began then while working closely with blue crabs, ultimately leading to becoming a field technician in 2019. I am involved with various long term and short term projects at the field station including ichthyoplankton sampling, trawling, and gillnetting, but most recently have worked as a crew leader trawling areas of Barnegat Bay examining the effects of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant closure on local fish and crab populations.