I grew up in the coastal city of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada – home to the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, sitting across the harbour from Dalhousie University in the city of Halifax.
I obtained my B.Sc. in the departments of Statistics and Biology at Dalhousie, completing my undergraduate thesis under the supervision of Heike Lotze and Mike Dowd, where I used multivariate time series analysis to quantify how marine predators control the stability of their prey.
I continued at Dalhousie to write my M.Sc. thesis in Biology under the supervision of Boris Worm and Mike Dowd, modeling global scale trends in the productivity of marine fisheries using non-stationary state-space population models applied to the RAM Legacy Stock Assessment Database - a global compilation of fisheries time series.
I attended the University of California at Irvine for my PhD in the department of Earth System Science under the supervision of François Primeau. My thesis focused on building and analyzing mathematical models of global ocean productivity and the ocean's biological pump, i.e. the two-way transfer of carbon and nutrients between the surface and deep ocean.
I started my postdoctoral position in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral research associate in 2018. I began as a Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2019.