Meet the Co-Chairs


Hannah Collins
University of Connecticut
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Hi! I am a PhD student at the University of Connecticut Avery Point, working with Dr. Evan Ward. I received my masters from UConn in 2022 and my B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Gettysburg College in 2016. In between undergrad and grad school I spent 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 the dynamics of the gut microbial community in mussels, and the feasibility of using suspension-feeders as a biological solution to microplastic pollution. 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!

Emily Fuqua
Florida State University 

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Hello,  I am a PhD candidate at Florida State University working at the Coastal and Marine Lab with Dr. Sandra Brooke.  My current work is focused on how environmental stressors affect the physiology and ecology of the eastern oyster in Florida, specifically in regard to restoration and culture in the Gulf area. I received my Master’s degree from the College of Charleston in 2019 where I worked with South Carolina DNR in the Estuarine Finfish Research Group, and I earned my bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 2016. When I’m not at the lab, I enjoy taking my dogs on outings, going on adventures with my kids, and semi-successfully growing as many houseplants as I can fit in my windows.