Alyson Hall

Please remind us, what was your position when you worked with us at Phillips Wharf? *
Marine Educator / Oyster House Intern
What are you doing now? Please be specific, we want to brag about what you are up to these days.
I am about to graduate from Stony Brook University, summa cum laude, with Departmental Honors in Environmental Biology and a minor in Marine Science! I am finishing out my honors thesis on Seagrass ecology (which was what the Facebook thing was about) which I hope with aid in seagrass meadow restoration. In the fall I will start a graduate program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) where I will keep working on seagrass and marine ecology!

Why do you think Phillips Wharf and its mission is important?

Engaging the public about environmental issues and the natural world is incredibly important to convey the importance of protecting the Chesapeake Bay! Without places and programs like Phillips Wharf, there may be no community-level education about the environment.

How did working/volunteering with Phillips Wharf impact you?

I learned a lot about my own work ethic as well as how to better communicate science and scientific information to a diverse range of audiences.

Can you share a story about an event or a moment when you felt like Phillips Wharf made a difference for someone?

During my farthest trip on the Fish-Mobile to Baltimore. It felt as if we were reaching new audiences and they had the most excitement as everything aboard was really new and fun for everyone.

Since your time at Phillips Wharf, what have you done? Share with us some of the neat experiences you’ve had since you left.

I started my senior year at SBU. I began my senior thesis with Dr. Bradly Peterson's Seagrass Ecology Lab with PhD student Alyson Lowell. I also rather missed helping educate so I became a TA for my university's Oceanography class. I attended a Public Policy conference to learn more about how scientific data interplays with public policy. Mostly school things 🙂

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