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April Abbott '09

Researcher. Volunteer. Limnologist.

Major: Geoscience

Summer Research

I spent a summer interning in the mercury lab at Woods Hole in Cape Cod, MA, where I worked with other scientists on compiling mercury research that we gathered from the field and in the lab. When the internship was over, I was given the opportunity to present my research to more than 16,000 people at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

Independent Study

I was able to combine my interest in water-based research and mercury research by completing an independent study under Professor John Halfman. My research looked at mercury levels in Seneca Lake and I used the department's vessel, the William Scandling, to collect samples from the water. Because of my working relationship with the people at Woods Hole, I was able to send my samples to the mercury lab for analysis

Giving Time

As president of Hot Spot, the Geology club, I spend my time coordinating local field trips to places like Watkins Glen, Letchworth State Park and Niagara Falls. In my free time, I volunteer at a local no-kill animal shelter. I've been helping out at the shelter for 5 years now.

Future Plans

Currently I'm applying to graduate school for oceanography and limnology. The time I've spent at HWS researching on Seneca Lake has really developed my passion for water-based study. I know that wherever I end up working, I definitely want to stay by the water.