I am a current PhD Candidate at the University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering. My academic interests center around creating new technology to facilitate marine research. In my thesis, I have investigated techniques for noise removal, acoustic feature representation, and model training algorithms for automated detection and classification of marine mammals. Recent highlights of my work include, participating in the Oceans 2014 MTS/IEEE conference in Taipei, Taiwan, the 2nd IEEE Women in Communication and Signal Processing workshop and the 6th International Workshop on Detection, Classification, Localization, and Density Estimation of Marine Mammals from Passive Acoustics.
In 2010, I successfully defended my MS thesis entitled "Recognition of Killer Whale Individuals from Passive Acoustics, An Application of Human Speaker Recognition". This research showed the viability of recognizing individual killer whales from their vocalizations.
My past research projects have included work with autonomous underwater vehicles, cuttle fish pattern recognition, proxy sea surface temperature records from brain coral and analysis of oceanographic mooring data. I have enjoyed all of those projects and can only hope my future work remains as exciting. I have an immense curiosity for the marine sciences, and always enjoy learning something new.
I have a smattering of other hobbies that frequently get neglected and generally include cooking, hiking, and biking.