Getting here:

After graduating from McGill University, I spent two years working on various marine species research projects at Mote Marine Laboratory, NOAA’s Hollings Marine Lab, the National Park Service, and the New England Aquarium.  While working as an intern in the Marine Mammal Education and Research Department at the New England Aquarium, I learned about COA and Allied Whale from my supervisor, who was a graduate of COA.  I then spent a few months working at Allied Whale as a photo-identification technician to get to know everyone and the important work they do.  This solidified COA as my choice of graduate schools. 

Adventures yet to come:

Heading back to Mount Desert Rock (“the Rock”).  It’s a research station located on a small island 25 miles offshore in the Gulf of Maine.  We observe large marine animals that pass nearby from a lighthouse tower.  This summer, I spotted fin whales, basking sharks, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, harbor porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and more!  I highly recommend that all students interested in marine biology or field research spend some time on the Rock, it’s a great way to gain experience in a remote field setting.