Bachelor of Science in Biology, Cedar Crest College, 1987; Doctor of Philosophy in Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego, 1994.
Manuscript editor, On-Line-Edit, Cardiff by the Sea, California, 1993-1994; lecturer, San Diego State University, 1994; assistant professor biology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, since 1994.
Educational liaison Santa Barbara Channel Aquarium Committee, 1995-1996. Volunteer funding panel United Way, Santa Barbara, 1996. Member American Society Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Evolution Association, Beta Beta Beta.
Married Ignacio Saul Sedeño Arcos, October 11, 1992.