Meet the Co-Chairs


Hannah Collins
University of Connecticut
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Hi! I am a Masters student at the University of Connecticut Avery Point, working with Dr. Evan Ward. I received my B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Gettysburg College, before spending three years working for the U.S Geological Survey in Pennsylvania and I also worked for a salmon hatchery in remote Alaska. My research investigates microplastics and their effects on the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis). Specifically, I’m investigating whether exposure to microfibers affects the gut microbiome or tissue structure and functionality of the blue mussel. In my spare time I enjoy finding obscure craft beers, a good coffee, and all things gym-related. If you ever find yourself in Connecticut be sure to ask me about the best hot spots!  

Fiona Boardman
University of Washington[email protected]

I am a PhD Candidate in Dr. Jennifer Ruesink's Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. My research occurs in Willapa Bay, a large estuary in southwest Washington State that is known for its commercial oyster production. I study how intertidal communities (fish, invertebrates and birds) respond to mosaics of seagrass and oyster-culture habitats, as well as multi-trophic community recovery following aquaculture related disturbance. In my free time, you'll find me cuddling with my cat, dog and horse, as well as tending to my ever-growing collection of plants!