I am examining relationships between benthic octopus body shape and their behavior. I want to know how their body forms scale over their ontogenies, and how they use their limbs in predator-prey interactions, such as those between California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax), and the red octopus (Octopus rubescens) and rockfish (Sebastes spp.). I'm currently writing up a comparison of the ontogenetic scaling in octopus arms and the amputations they incur. I am also studying how the patterns of arm amputations vary between sexes, species, and associated habitat. I plan to investigate injury patterns in natural populations, and the behaviors octopuses may display in predator-prey interactions.
I have been an outreach officer for the UCSC Women in Science and Engineering organization since 2017. In addition to leading lab tours for WiSE, I have implemented and continue to improve an active learning squid dissection activity I call "Squidding Around." which I have so far brought to the Science Alive! event at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA.
In 2017, I participated in the intensive Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators (ISEE) Professional Development Program, which focuses on equity and inclusion in designing active learning activities for learners. Our team led a group of 22 new scientists in two-day introduction to constructing complex food webs during the ISEE Workshop for Engineering and Science Transfers.