PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2007
MSPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2004
My background is public health microbiology, and the current focus of my work is the public health and environmental impacts of aquaculture and other types of food animal production. I am also engaged in a wide range of public health topics on food production, recreational bathing and waterborne exposures, and environmental virology.
My interest in aquaculture began as an oyster and clam gardener growing up on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, I was a postdoctoral fellow with Kara Nelson, working at the interface of engineering and micriobiology, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. My graduate research was with Mark Sobsey in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a graduate of Davidson College.