Dissertation title: Floating migratory platforms in marine environments

Focus of study: Long-distance migration of marine megafauna utilizing natural floating platforms. Creation of new methodologies of quantitative biological analyses, including remote sensing, machine learning, and statistical models for detection of biological organisms and investigation of seascape and movement ecology, focusing on migratory behavior and interaction of megafauna with complex seascape structures.


  • NSF Scholarship for attendance at Austral Summer Institute XVIII in Concepción, Chile
  • NAS Scholarship for attendance at NCEAS Open Science for Synthesis: Gulf Research Program in Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • UCF Graduate School Presentation Fellowship Awarded: 2017, 2018
  • UCF Biology Department Travel Grant Awarded: 2017, 2018
  • Boyd Lyon Memorial Fellowship Awarded: 2016 – 2018