Writing.

Science Minded is a 12-piece blog I wrote for the San Diego Union Tribune that introduced students, parents and teachers to the many aspects of science through my professional and personal experiences as a marine biologist. A few examples can be found below:

Marine biologist stays dry.

How I became a marine biologist.

Careers span the waterfront.

 

The Lightning of Catatumbo is a creative nonfiction piece I wrote about the social and environmental issues surrounding coral reefs on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. My story can be found here.

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Marfan syndrome awareness.

As a person affected by Marfan syndrome I have overcome physical and behavioral limitations, including the advice from doctors to abstain from SCUBA diving. As you may imagine, heeding this advice has had substantial impacts on my work as a marine biologist studying shallow tropical coral reefs. I believe that my obstacles have merely served as motivation in my career and forced me to become an avid collaborator, which, in the end has greatly advanced my career.

I wrote a blog post and a letter to the editor in Science to bring more light to this under-diagnosed disorder. My limitations and desire to overcome them has also been highlighted in Triton Magazine.

Film advisor.

I have advised the production of a high school and a university-level documentary on coral reef conservation. The Pace University film was part of an undergraduate course co-taught by Andrew Revkin and that I hosted and advised group when a the class visited Curaçao. The High Tech High School (San Diego) film included taking a group of high school teachers to Curaçao.

 A project meeting for the Pace University documentary class prior to shooting their film about conservation issues in Curaçao.

A project meeting for the Pace University documentary class prior to shooting their film about conservation issues in Curaçao.

 An article in a Curaçao newspaper about the High Tech High project I helped lead learning and documenting coral reef conservation issues with the island as a case study and documentary subject.

An article in a Curaçao newspaper about the High Tech High project I helped lead learning and documenting coral reef conservation issues with the island as a case study and documentary subject.