When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
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As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, I never really understood exactly what a marine biologist did because, well, I didn’t live near an ocean. When I finally experienced coral reefs up close and personal, I was enamored and my career path was set in stone! Choosing marine biology as an undergraduate, I was immersed in classes ranging in topic from marine mammals to chemical oceanography. But when I started learning about coral-algal symbiosis I decided that corals were my bread and butter. As my senior year was winding down, I decided to participate in an internship at Mote Marine Laboratory. This took me to Sarasota, FL to study coral disease. Little did I know this would lead me to move across the world to Guam!