Alexandra is an M.S. candidate in the Environmental Science program at California State University - Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a focus on Marine Science. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Brown University in 2016. Alexandra is passionate about research on anthropogenic effects on coastal ecosystems, conservation and restoration practices that minimize tradeoffs between people and the non-human environment, and ecosystem services of coastal habitats. For her Masters thesis, she is collaborating with Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) to better understand the drivers of marsh plain colonization at a sediment addition restoration site and to inform "best practices" for marsh restoration based on different indicators of success. Alexandra is advised by Dr. Arlene Haffa (CSUMB) and Dr. Kerstin Wasson (ESNERR).