What degree are you pursuing?
Who is (are) your advisors?
What is the focus of your research?
Using a metagenomic approach, I'm looking at the microbiology of the Columbia River Estuary. Our lab is primarily focused on manganese cycling in the environment by microorganisms.
How will your research benefit society?
This work can help us understand which microbes are present in the estuary as well as how nutrients are cycled in, and exported from, the estuary.
How have you taken advantage of professional development opportunities through OHSU and the Institute of Environmental Health?
I've had the opportunity to teach environmental science to younger students (grades 5-12). I've never worked with kids that young before – it's been a lot of fun. I've also attended seminars that focus on science communication and career development put on by the OHSU Women in Science Organization at OHSU.
What do you plan to do with your degree?
I will be moving on to a PhD program in Biological Oceanography. I'll be able to apply the techniques I've learned here to different projects and new environments.