I'm a postdoctoral reearcher and I conduct research in Dr. Timothy Long's Center for Sustainable Macromolecular Material and Manufacturing, within Biodesign. Here, I work in the field of sustainable polymers and the creation of a circular economy as it relates to plastics. In the past, I worked on marine and aquatic microplastics which have emerged as a major source of concern within many ecosystems and environments. Their identification, fate, and impact are only now starting to be understood and we have developed several analytical tools to help improve upon this. We are collaborating with ASU's Fulton School of Engineering on several projects pertaining to microplastics as well as with many groups around the world. We have studied plastic pollution in sevral ways, ranging from contact lens pollution to creating a method to detect microplastics in our own tissues and organs.
I have also worked for several years on using non-invasive research methods to collect species health information. This includes fecal samples from wild species such as killer whales. Through this information, we can gather all kinds of knowledge pertaining to hormonal activity in the realm of stress, reproduction, and overall species health.
I have been a teacher for over six years and actively participate in science outreach programs aimed at empowering budding scientists from elementary school to high school.