Undergraduate, B.S. Biology expected
Marine Biology concentration
Zonation patterns of settlement, recruitment and growth of the native Olympia oyster and the Japanese oyster in San Diego Bay, CA.
I am a marine biology undergraduate and Mathematic Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI) scholar at Cal State Fullerton. I have been a part of the Zacherl lab since summer 2014 where I started as an intern, as a part of the summer research experience through the (STEM)2 program. My independent project focuses on the zonation patterns of settlement, recruitment and growth of the native Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida ) and the Japanese oyster (Crassostrea gigas) at two locations, a mudflat and a chain-link fence in San Diego Bay, CA. My research is part of a bigger “Living Shorelines” project with the Port of San Diego, California State Coastal Conservancy, and other collaorators. The data I am collecting may allow us to maximize native oyster performance while minimizing non-native performance during restoration efforts.
I will graduate in the Fall of 2017 where I will then pursue my teaching credential in biology and chemistry. I plan to teach at the high school level.