Aimee grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. After high school graduation, she was given the opportunity to create part of an environmental impact statement on the effects of offshore energy structures on marine mammals and birds with Argonne National Laboratory. That experience took her into a bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. While earning a dual degree in marine science and biology, she worked at NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center studying larval fishes. She was awarded a Hollings Scholarship and studied “slicks” off Kona, Hawaii.
After obtaining her degree, she switched to aquatics working with the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Great Lakes Fisheries Science Center in Lake Michigan. Aimee was given the opportunity to volunteer on research cruises for NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, ultimately leading to a position in the Ecosystem and Oceanography Division. She currently studies the effects of large-scale ecosystem changes on populations of marine organisms, particularly swordfish, tuna, and loggerhead turtles. This work often involves setting sail on research projects for extended periods, leading to an exciting life of research.