Paloma received her H.B.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). As an undergrad, she had the opportunity to participate in several research projects in biochemistry and marine ecology, as well as long-term interdisciplinary studies such as the McMurdo LTER. In 2016 she completed her M.Sc. in Water Sciences at Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY) following a research study about coastal eutrophication.

At BIOS she is a research technician for the Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study (BATS), Hydrostation 'S, and Ocean Acidification programs. She is responsible for CHN analysis of sediment trap fluxes and suspended POM; dissolved oxygen analysis using an automated titrator; and examination of bacterial production rates using 3H and liquid scintillation counter methodologies. In addition, Paloma is involved in taking a suite of samples on monthly cruises aboard the R/V Atlantic Explorer.