Lab Member Spring 2012 – Spring 2015
Currently the Microplastics Monitoring Intern at the Marine & Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, ME
After graduating from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State, Andrea further studied conservation with Dr. Gerber for an additional year in the Accelerated B.S./M.S. degree program at ASU. As an undergraduate student, she majored in Conservation Biology and graduated with minors in Spanish and in Music in May 2014. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Gerber lab from the spring of 2012 to the spring of 2014, and later as a teaching assistant for BIO 322 Conservation of Biodiversity, BIO 411 Quantitative Methods in Conservation, and BIO 182 General Biology II. She graduated with a master’s degree in Biology and Society in May of 2015.
Andrea’s research interests include the practical application of research to the mutual interests of conservation and human well-being, specifically in the realm of marine biology and ecology. Under the direction of Dr. Gerber, Dr. Andrew Smith, and Dr. Stephen Pratt, she worked for a year and a half to complete an undergraduate honors thesis, which led to the presentation of a poster at the NACCB in 2014. She expanded this project in her year of graduate school by further exploring the intersection of fishery sustainability and chemical contamination, presenting a second poster at the 2015 AAAS Meeting. Andrea completed her master’s thesis, “Flame retardant chemical contamination of seafood, ecologically sustainable fisheries, and significance for biodiversity conservation,” by the mentorship of Dr. Gerber, Dr. Joshua Abbott, and Dr. Beth Polidoro.
Poster: Flame retardant contamination in seafood and significance for conservation
North American Congress for Conservation Biology 2014, Missoula
Poster: Flame retarding chemical contamination of seafood and significance for biodiversity conservation
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting 2015, San Jose