After I graduated from the University of Idaho in 2006 with a B.S in Biology, I studied biological control of invasive plants at CABI in Switzerland. Although my background is in Entomology and Ecology, I have enjoyed the opportunity to expand my knowledge in marine sciences. As a research associate in the Cowen lab, I assist graduate students and staff with their research and help maintain a smooth running lab. In addition to these duties, I help process pelagic samples, extract otoliths and identify fish larvae and zooplankton. I use genetic analysis to identify fish larvae in order to further study their distribution and population demographics.