I joined Dr. Patrice Ludwig's lab in the Fall of 2015 after receiving my undergraduate degree in 2014 from Union College in Schenectady, NY. I am interested in oyster conservation in the Chesapeake Bay using artificial substrates. The current population of Crassostrea virginica stands at less than 1% of its historical quantity. Because oysters are economically and ecologically important species in the Chesapeake Bay, it is pertinent that restoration efforts be made to counter the drastic decrease in population size. Using natural oyster shells as a restoration tool has driven up the cost of acquiring them so utilizing artificial substrates as a restoration tool has become a new avenue of research in Virginia. I recently applied for the Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship to help fund my research.

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