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I am a doctoral candidate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography (http://mit.whoi.edu/), working with Dr. Rebecca Gast. My dissertation focuses on characterizing and quantifying antibiotic resistance in the ocean. Antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring process when antibiotics, which are chemicals that kill or stop bacterial growth, do not affect the bacteria. In the 20th century, humans began to utilize antibiotics, enhancing the amount of these chemicals and antibiotic resistance in the environment. Understanding the patterns that drive antibiotic resistance is important for the sustainability of human and environmental health.

I am also interested in policy and science communication. 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. I am 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.


I am planning to graduate with my PhD in Spring 2019 and am in the process of looking for my next position. I’m excited about continuing to develop my interdisciplinary skills in environmental science, microbiology, public health, policy, chemistry, outreach, and education. If you have an interesting opportunity, please email me at mmay@mit.edu.

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. 


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.


Click below to view a PDF of my CV.  (updated May 2018)