Wally received her Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 2007 and went on to do a postdoc at Louisiana State University. In 2008, she became an Assistant Professor at Boston University. In 2014, she was awarded tenure at Boston University in the Department of Earth and Environment and the Department of Biology. She is a biogeochemist and ecosystems ecologist whose research is focused on answering fundamental questions about energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and silica), carbon, and oxygen in a variety of environments. Her recent focus has been on how climate change may influence the nitrogen cycle in estuarine and shelf systems and how anthropogenic activities alter nutrient cycling along the land-ocean continuum. She was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 2012, the first time this award was given in Ocean Sciences. In 2014, she was awarded the Cronin award from the Coastal Estuarine Research Federation. Wally very much enjoys her job and she hopes someday to write articles and books about science for nonscientists.