Ocean Sciences

Secretary Biological Oceanography


Professor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

AGU embraces the global community and welcomes diverse leaders from around the world, representing various identities, voices, and perspectives. List any identities, voices, and perspectives you would bring, including but not limited to nationality, regional representations, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and any other identity you feel comfortable sharing.

I identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, as a cisgendered woman (pronouns she/her), and as a first-generation student from a lower-middle class upbringing in the United States. I acknowledge the privilege I have as a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman who was born in the United States whose English was my first language, and whose family has multiple generations living in the U.S.

Volunteer experience that relates to this position:

I have volunteered for a number of service commitments to the community including acting as a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee for Ocean Carbon Dioxide removal, as an organizing committee member for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Earthcube Workshop for Ocean Time-series, and as an Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry Ocean (OCB) Time-Series Committee chair


As one of the elected leaders of your section, how will you partner with your president and president-elect to communicate with and engage your members to help implement AGU’s strategic plan including its mission and vision?

I aim to help promote the incredible diversity and intellect of AGU members in any way possible. We are all here to lift each other up and I would use any opportunity I can to do so. I also feel very passionate about communicating the realities of climate change and being a voice in the collective effort to help non-scientists understand the science in hand, the risks, and the potential for progress to reducing carbon emissions.

Section affiliations:

Biogeosciences; Ocean Sciences