Researcher. Volunteer. Limnologist.
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.
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
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.
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.
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