My research involves identifying differences in feeding patterns of Ampithoe valida, which is an invasive marine invertebrate in San Francisco Bay, and a native invertebrate in Chesapeake Bay. In San Francisco Bay, this amphipod consumes large quantities of native seagrass; however, there is no documentation of seagrass consumption in its native range. Understanding the variable impacts of this invertebrate will produce useful information on management approaches to ensure the continued survival and resilience of seagrass meadows in San Francisco Bay.
Hometown: Seaford, VA
Future Plans: After graduating from William and Mary, I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree and PhD in marine conservation biology.
Hobbies: I have played on William and Mary’s Club Field Hockey team for 3 years and I also enjoy swimming, running, and playing soccer.
Fun Fact: I recently took a cross-country road trip, where I camped at Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon.
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