Michelle is from Orlando, Florida, and received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2016. After completing her undergraduate studies, Michelle worked in the Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab at UCF as a lead field technician until 2018. During that time, she led field research on avian community structure and behavior, and long-term ecological monitoring on restored oyster reefs and shorelines in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), FL. In the spring of 2019, Michelle became a doctoral student of integrative biology in the Lewis Lab of Applied Coastal Ecology at UCF. Her current research evaluates the impacts of declining seagrass habitat within the IRL, on recreationally important fish and their forage fish prey. To do this, Michelle coupled an IRL fish diet composition study with spatial-temporal analyses of a large state fisheries-independent monitoring dataset. After receiving a PhD in integrative biology, Michelle will pursue a career in fisheries and science communication at the federal or state level.