B.S. Biological Science 2014
Andrea explored the effects of different restoration techniques on Olympia oyster, Ostrea lurida, density and recruitment in Newport Bay, California. Oysters are important bivalves in estuarine ecosystems because they provide habitat for other animals, stabilize sediments, and may improve water quality. She examined which of several restoration techniques would be most effective for restoring the Olympia oyster by constructing replicate (n=5) 2m X 2m shell beds of 4 treatment types of two thicknesses (4cm versus 12cm) and two levels of consolidation (bagged versus loose shell). She monitored these constructed beds for 2 years (June 2010-June 2012).
While at CSU Fullerton, Andrea presented the results of her research as a poster presentation at two conferences in 2012, including the Southern California Academy of Sciences and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS). She received a Best Student Poster in Marine Biology award at SACNAS. She also co-authored a paper with Dr. Zacherl and Shannon Crossen, which was published in 2015 in the Journal of Shellfish Research.
Andrea is currently pursuing admission to PA school.