Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Bio: My name is Hannah Morrissette, and I am a Biological Oceanography student at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory. Under Dr. Raleigh Hood, I research the transport and transformation of organic matter in wetland sediment. After studying environmental science at Lycoming College for my undergraduate degree, I spent six months on a coastal restoration project in the Dominican Republic. I quickly saw first-hand how dynamic the interactions between the land-sea interface could be, how humans influenced changes in these environments, and the outreach and education that needs to occur for awareness. This experience jump-started my interest in coastal processes research.
For all my time on the water, this is my first time out to sea on a research vessel. I am excited to learn more instrumentation, and experience research in this part of the world!
What I’m doing on this cruise: We will be taking multiple biological and chemical samples along the cruise, to obtain oxygen, productivity, plankton, and optical profiles to quantify changes from the last time this track was sampled.