I was raised in the Virgin Islands and have a background in biology and marine, wildlife and conservation biology. My research area is mangrove habitat restoration and management–with a focus in mangrove restoration methodology. In 2017, the Virgin Islands were impacted by two major hurricanes that resulted in a significant loss of infrastructure and coastal habitat. The first part of my project will investigate the efficacy of the restoration methods that are currently being utilized in the territory. The second part of the project will involve the genomic analysis of mangrove stands across the territory. My hope is that the results of this work will impact the ongoing restoration efforts across the Caribbean region and inform policy for the protection and management of this important ecosystem.