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I recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA with my B.A., majoring in Biology with a Marine emphasis. At Occidental, I worked with the Vantuna Research Group (VRG) for four years, enabling me to partake in research focused on the rocky reefs and kelp forests of the Southern California Bight. From working as a research assistant for the VRG, I have experience in laboratory and field techniques including pollution surveys (water quality, water chemistry, benthic chemistry, infaunal sampling etc.), plankton surveys, estuary surveys for fishes (otter trawls, beam trawls, purse seines, beach seines) and SCUBA surveys for fishes, invertebrates, algae and reef characterization. I have gained extensive underwater experience through scientific diving with the VRG and am trained to perform benthic habitat and biological cover transect surveys using a modified version of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s CRANE (Cooperative Research and Assessment of Nearshore Ecosystems) methodology. Additionally, my diving experience with the VRG includes participating on monthly dives at an industrial outfall in El Segundo, CA. I also have further dive experience through my previous work as a volunteer diver for the Los Angeles Waterkeeper and the California Science Center.