I have always been interested in marine life and ecosystems, and since coming to Clark I have been able to pursue that interest academically. I am a Biology major and have been working in the Foster/Baker lab since 2011, the fall of my freshman year. While I started out doing smaller tasks around the lab I have worked up to larger projects. This past year I worked with Miguel Reyes on his tests with diet restraints and swimming performance in stickleback. After restricting the diet of the fish we ran them through a flow tank and timed how long they could swim against the current. This summer I will raise fry from Alaska and test their feeding performance; hopefully forming my own research from there. I will also have the opportunity to travel to Newfoundland, Canada, to study stickleback from the east coast. I look forward to the experience of studying the fish in the field and learning to collect samples. I am particularly excited by this opportunity because we will stay at the Bonne Bay Marine Laboratory- offering me the chance to further explore the marine environment in which many stickleback live.
Outside the lab
At Clark I have been a member-and now leader-of the on campus group RAWR (Respecting Animal Welfare and Rights). I also attend yoga practices and go hiking whenever I get the chance. If I’m not outside you can often find me curled up with a good book and a mug of tea or listening to music and playing my ukulele.
- LEEP Pioneer Award, 2013
- Maurine Milburn Research Fellowship 2013