ABOUT

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I am currently a NOAA Knauss Fellow working in the US Senate in Senator Tammy Baldwin’s Office on agriculture, environment, and natural resource issues.

In January 2019, I taught an intensive course for Bard College’s Citizen Science program, which allowed me to merge my interests in science (especially about water contamination), social justice, education, and communication.

I recently received my PhD In Marine Environmental Microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography (http://mit.whoi.edu/).  My dissertation research focused on characterizing and quantifying antibiotic resistance in the ocean. Understanding the patterns that drive antibiotic resistance is important for the sustainability of human and environmental health.

I am also interested in policy.  With this in mind, I pursued a certificate in Science, Technology, and Policy at MIT (http://web.mit.edu/stp/) and completed a capstone project related to the policy of antibiotic resistance.  During graduate school, I was also the co-president of the Broader Impacts Group (BIG), which focuses on science outreach to the public (http://web.whoi.edu/big/).

I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with minors in Spanish and Sociology from DePauw University in 2013. In my free time, I enjoy reading at the beach and touring local breweries.

RECENT NEWS

February 2019: Despite a delay for the shutdown, I moved to Washington DC and started my position as a NOAA Legislative Fellow in the United States Senate through the Knauss program. 

January 2019: I taught at Bard College Citizen Science program this month.  This intensive program is for first-year students on water and we were able to dive into the intricacies of water.  

December 2018: It’s been a busy month!  I participated in Knauss placement week and was placed in the Office of Senator Tammy Baldwin (D, WI).  I’m excited to work on water issues back in the Midwest.  I also defended my dissertation on December 17! 

October 2018:  I participated in ECODAS, a program to bring together soon to be PhDs and recent graduates across aquatic science to collaborate together.  I’m excited to keep collaborating with the individuals I’ve met on microbes, diversity and inclusion in aquatic sciences, science communication, and policy.  More info about the program is here

August 2018:  I’ve been selected for the Knauss Fellowship, a fellowship focused on bringing early career professionals to executive and legislative offices in Washington D.C.  More can be read about it here.

July 2018: I’ll be a Citizen Science Faculty at Bard College in January 2019, teaching about water to first years.  Learn more about the program here.

June 2018: I’ll be attending and presenting my research at the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference on Environmental Sciences Water in New Hampshire.

May 2018: The article I wrote about my research was published on WHOI’s magazine, Oceanus.  Check it out here.  I’m looking forward to seeing it in print this summer!

Through the Geodynamics course at WHOI, I was able to participate in a study trip to the Bahamas to learn more about Chemistry of the Ocean Microbiome and saw ooids, stromatolites, and coral reefs.

April 2018: I gave my departmental seminar to WHOI’s Biology Department.

February 2017: I attended the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

November 2017: I presented my research at MIT’s Water Club Summit. Find more about the Water Club here.

August 2017: I will be attending the Environmental Dimensions of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR) Conference in East Lansing, Michigan and will present a poster on “Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria at the Beach: Evaluating Prevalence and Persistence”.

July 2017:  With my work in the Broader Impacts Group (BIG), I spearheaded the creation of a directory of scientists interested in outreach.  This directory will be available to local teacher and other organizations through the Falmouth STEM Boosters.

June 2017: I attended American Society of Microbiology (ASM) in New Orleans to present a poster called “Prevalence and Persistence of Antibiotic Resistance in Vibrio-like Bacteria Isolated from Cape Cod, MA Beaches”.

February 2017: I completed the requirements for MIT’s Certificate in Science, Technology, and Policy.  See here for more details on the program.

January 2017: I am gearing up for presenting a poster at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston in February.  She will be presenting on “Towards A Holistic Approach for Antibiotic Resistance Policy”.

October 2016: I am now the co-president of the Broader Impacts Group for science communication.  Learn more here.

2016-2017:  For the 2016-2017 year, I am supported by the Martin Fellowship for Sustainability.  More information about the Fellowship program is available here.

February 2016: DePauw undergraduate Ashley Junger wrote an article about my research as part of her WHOI Communications internship.  Ashley’s piece entitled “Recipes for Antibiotic Resistance: A student examines the bacterial bouillabaisse in the coastal ocean” can be accessed here.

Spring 2015: At Waquoit Bay, I gave a talk as part of their Research at the Reserve series.  More info can be seen here.

Spring 2014: As an example of DePauw alumni, I was profiled on DePauw’s website here.

Spring 2013: I was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which supports my graduate studies. The DePauw release about this award is available here.  Information about my undergrad career is available here. 

PUBLICATIONS

Lloyd KG, May MK, Kevorkian RT, Steen AD. (2013). Meta-analysis of quantification methods shows that archaea and bacteria have similar abundances in the subseafloor. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79:7790–9.

CV

Click below to view a PDF of my CV.  (updated April 2019)

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