Andrea is currently a research associate at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut. Her research on disease and health, and the effects of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on marine mammals, has been supported by a NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative Graduate Fellowship (I-RICH). This support has allowed for the integration of her background in marine sciences with her interests in public health, immunology, virology and pathology. Learning the classical techniques of virology, as well as the molecular aspects of disease diagnostics, epidemiology and health sciences, she strives to be able to be an interpreter of “health” across disciplines. Prior to entering graduate school for her Ph.D, Andrea earned her B.S. and B.A. at UC Davis and her M.A. at Boston University. She then worked in several capacities with marine animals and disease, first as the necropsy coordinator for the Cape Cod Stranding Network, and then as a researcher at WHOI focusing on zoonotic diseases in marine vertebrates. She continues to work with marine mammal stranding networks, students and researchers in the northeast U.S. as well as abroad through her position with the Eastern Caribbean Cetacean Network. After completing her degree, she looks forward to working on multidisciplinary approaches to understand human and animal disease transmission and health in the marine environment. More importantly, she hopes to be able to communicate science in a way that reaches beyond the bench and into the everyday language of many disciplines.