I am queer and I am a marine ecosystem scientist.//
I am an ecosystem scientist working on ocean food webs with a focus on translating existing government data sets that are not well integrated into ocean management and decision-making. I was openly queer in college where I began my career as a scientist. As I progressed in grad school and my career, I became more guarded about my sexuality for many reasons but the most obvious was that I had already experienced discrimination based on my gender. This past year I started volunteering with a community organizing group focused on environmental, economic and racial justice. That experience has helped to bring me back out of my identity shell. Following the voices of other scientists and community leaders that embrace speaking out about one’s personal experiences has inspired me to do the same.