What degree are you pursuing?
Who is your advisor?
My advisor is Holly Simon.
What is the focus of your research?
I am looking into possible effects of an invasive New Zealand mud snail (P. antipodarum) on the nitrogen cycle in the Columbia River estuary.
How will your research benefit society?
By understanding P. antipodarum’s effect on the nitrogen cycle we can help devise effective management policies to avert irreparable ecological damage from this invasive species.
How have you taken advantage of professional development opportunities through OHSU and the Institute of Environmental Health?
I was an undergraduate intern in the summer of 2013 and segued directly into the masters degree program, which allowed me to get a better understanding of how research at OHSU Institute of Environmental Health is conducted and it gave me a chance to start my research project early. I now have the opportunity to mentor my own undergraduate intern this summer.
What do you plan to do with your degree?
After earning my masters degree, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree so that I may continue studying archaea in the environment. I am hoping to have the opportunity to do so here at OHSU.