Born and raised in San Diego, Blake (he/him/his) found his love for nature from weekend mornings spent combing through tide pools looking for cool snails and summer nights camping under the stars.
Blake attended UCLA and received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, focusing on the ecology of algae and invertebrates in intertidal zones. His research includes the effect that human noise pollution has on the behavior of crab populations, as well as the techniques that pipefish employ to seamlessly camouflage within their eelgrass homes. With this background, he understands that the majority of scientific studies can be complicated and hard to understand, so he loves using humor and analogies to break them down and communicate them effectively to others!
When he’s not reading academic articles, Blake loves to spend his time outdoors. He religiously snorkels with the leopard sharks in San Diego during the summer, and advocates for everyone to join him and the gentle predators, as it is the experience that catalyzed his fascination with nature. He also loves hiking with his fiancee, Krista, and their dachshund, Lilikoi. Blake is thrilled to join the Biocitizen LA team, and can’t wait to inspire young minds to find their own wonder and comfort in the environment around them.