I am from the San Francisco bay area and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Washington. I had never lived away from the Pacific Ocean, a place where I find inspiration and solace, before moving to Akron. My research experience includes intertidal zone community ecology and behavior and communication of whales and dolphins. I was fortunate to work for organizations like NOAA and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Economic recession in the United States halted funding for much of the research I was pursuing so I looked for hot topics in sustainability where I could utilize my love of marine biology. I met with people working in fields such as sustainable architecture, city planning, and water treatment and biomimicry came up in every meeting as an emerging concept in their industry. The University of Akron’s Integrated Bioscience PhD fellowship program was a good fit to blend my experience with my career goals. I am interested in preserving the marine ecosystem and would like to apply biomimicry in using aquatic resources in a sustainable manner.