I am a second year MS student in Susanne Menden-Deuer’s lab at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography. My research primarily focuses on the role of intraspecific chemical signaling in mediating rates of encounter between microzooplankton and prey. In other words, do organisms behave differently in the presence of others? Using in-vitro, three-dimensional video microscopy, I will be able to investigate this question by quantifying the small scale modulations in swimming behavior that could influence the large scale processes of the marine food web. I was raised in Farmington, Utah and studied chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Utah. In my time away from the lab, I am most happy when I get to spend quality time exploring new places, playing board games with my soul sisters and learning new things. I am very excited to participate on this research cruise and can’t wait to discover Antarctica!