Emily is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston. She was a student in the Honors
College and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. She has long had a passion for the crossover between science, art, and communication. For her senior thesis, she conducted scientific research analyzing microplastics in barnacles. The quantitative outcome was accompanied by an illustrated children’s book that translated the results into a colorful, accessible format for a broad, nonscientific audience. Over the past two years, she has written environmental content for a personal blog; she is excited for her work to be published by Mongabay and therefore read by an audience somewhat larger than her immediate family.

Although schooled in South Carolina, she is a Chicago native. In the past, she has had
experience increasing environmental literacy in an assistantship in Shedd Aquarium’s Haerther Center for Conservation and Research in 2015. In 2017, she completed a Great Lakes Outreach internship at Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant where her primary role was developing outreach materials conveying the results of a field survey of Lake Michigan with a focus on invasive species. Emily spends her time thinking about Game of Thrones, walking her dog, and hunting for shark teeth at low tide. She is just beginning applications for a graduate degree in marine conservation science and will enter a program in the Fall of 2019.