From: St. Louis, Missouri

BS in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Health and Medicine at Webster University. Contributor to the manuscript in review, “Lysoptosis: an ancient and evolutionarily-conserved cell death pathway moderated by intracellular Serpins”.

Reasons for coming: Growing up I have always been attracted to the water. I started out as a lake baby and took yearly trips to the ocean. Those trips turned into an extreme fascination with marine life. I spent most of my time on those vacations kayaking the ocean trying to get a closer look at absolutely anything that crossed my path. When not at the ocean, I was always kayaking local rivers and lakes looking for adventure and wildlife. Unfortunately, living in Missouri I could not take the path I wanted. Instead, I volunteered at our Conservation and Education Center. There, I taught about water conservation, health of ecosystems, local waterways and the Mississippi Watershed. As an undergrad, I studied the learning, memory, and navigation in Western Harvester Ants. Though these organisms are much different than sharks, it gave me that thrill of studying animal behavior. Now, I am excited to finally apply similar research on sharks and move towards the career I was meant to do. I hope to transfer my skills of organism observation and equipment use from working at Washington University’s Molecular Microbiology department to the Bimini Shark Lab. I believe this internship is perfect to provide me with great knowledge and experience to move towards my future goals.

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