I have successfully written grants from several different types of funding sources, and I’ve won awards for my research, my scientific presentations, and my public outreach.

Grants and scholarships:

2017- Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awardee

2016- David H Smith Fellowship Finalist

2014- SciFund Challenge grant recipient ($8,000)

2014- Save Our Seas Foundation small grant ($4,900)

2013- RSMAS Captain Harry Vernon Scholarship ($300)

2013- International Women’s Fishing Association scholarship ($1,000)

2012- Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation fellowship


2019- Simon Fraser University President’s newsmaker award for performing research of public interest and relevance and communicating it to the interested public.

2016- Named one of the “top environmentalists in South Florida

2014- John Beakley Marine Science Educator of the Year award (Florida Marine Science Education Association)

2014-ScienceOnline Service Award

2014- Named one of the top scientists to follow on twitter by Business Insider

2012- Named one of the top scientists to follow on twitter by the Huffington Post

2011- College of Charleston Graduate School Research Fair “Best Poster” award

2010 -College of Charleston Graduate Program in Marine Biology Student Research Colloquium: “Best Presentation” award

2009- Honorable Mention: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship