Brooke grew up in Virginia and spent much of each summer at the beach where she developed a great love of the ocean. She received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from the College of William and Mary and her M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at SMAST; her dissertation focuses on applications of fishery dependent data in science and management in New England. Brooke’s focus at the NEFSC is a project centered on shortfin squid to improve our understanding of environmental drivers of variability in abundance and availability to the fishery and to develop quantitative support for more flexible management mechanisms. Brooke joined the Cooperative Research Branch in December 2019 and is excited to learn about squid, interact with fishermen and other industry members, work with a large group of scientists, learn new analytical skills, and spend some time at sea. In her free time, Brooke enjoys taking walks, baking, spending time at the beach, watching (and analyzing) movies, and spending time with her rabbit.