I received my B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with an emphasis in marine biology. I am currently an M.S. student in the Marine Biology program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in the Department of Life Sciences. My research will focus on an ecological assessment of a restored oyster reef in St. Charles Bay, TX, including the influence of restoration on macrobenthic organisms and shoreline dynamics. I am conducting my research in the Coastal Conservation and Restoration Ecology Lab that is managed by my advisor, Dr. Jennifer B. Pollack.