Growing up in India, Mexico, Bolivia, Germany, and the US, I observed from a young age how human-driven climate change affects vulnerable populations, especially poor coastal communities. Initially, I aimed to address this inequity through the study and conservation of coastal ecosystems. I have since turned from studying how climate impacts these systems to how these systems might be leveraged to help combat larger-scale climate change. In particular, I am researching the potential for marine micro-algae as sustainable food, biofuels, and negative emissions. I am also actively engaged with environmental justice efforts and serve on the board of an international educational nonprofit, the Telluride Association.