Kira is from Portland, Oregon, and earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Kira is a recipient of the 2020-2022 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship, which is offered through NOAA to support graduate research at national estuarine research reserves that addresses coastal management questions. Kira’s thesis project involves working with Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) to address the impacts of reduced freshwater inflow and sea level rise on species in the area. This project utilizes a coupled hydrodynamic and food web dynamic modeling approach to address how changing salinity regimes impact the temporal and spatial dynamics of important species in Apalachicola Bay. Upon completion of her degree, Kira would ultimately like to pursue a career in quantitative fisheries management.