Natalie is a native to Ithaca, New York and attended Cornell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Science of Earth Systems with a concentration in biogeochemistry. She was an undergraduate research assistant in Drew Harvell's laboratory working with Colleen on sea fan immunity. Following her undergraduate degree, Natalie volunteered at the Natural Conservatory in Hawaii and worked as a technician at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs focused on marine ecology, including work with sand dollar populations, kelp beds, and sea star wasting disease. Her work on sea star wasting disease was part of a recent publication in Proceedings in the Royal Society Part B. In 2015, Natalie brought her enthusiasm and skill-set to the Burge lab where she provides assistance on our work on OsHV-1 and seagrass wasting disease.