Currently Juli is pursuing a doctorate degree at the College of William and Mary in marine science with a fisheries concentration. Her research is focused on the phylogeny of fish leeches (Piscicolidae) from around the world. Juli attended Southampton College, Long Island University for her Bachelor's degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biology. While at Southampton College Juli traveled to the South Pacific and to the Amazon for research later sailing from Boston to Puerto Rico. She has also held internships at Fire Island National Seashore and the Smithsonian Institute.