I am a recently-graduated master's student and instructor of biology at Loyola University Chicago. My thesis research is part of a larger interdisciplinary effort to restore native oyster reefs in the Hudson-Raritan Estuary in New York City and New Jersey and examines the effect of a newly-constructed reef on nitrogen transformations in the urbanized coastal ecosystem. I'm broadly interested in aquatic ecology and am pursuing work involving aquatic species, biogeochemistry, and human interactions with ecosystems.
My previous scientific experiences include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, a NSF undergraduate summer research fellowship, and a study abroad trip to Antarctica. I've also had the opportunity to work with a variety of amazing threatened and endangered animal species, including Apache trout (Oncorhynchus apache), pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula), Piedmont blue burrower crayfish (Cambarus harti), and several freshwater mussel species.
Feel free to read over the site to learn more about me and my work. You can contact me here, connect with me on Linkedin, or email me directly at mhassett (at) luc.edu. I look forward to hearing from you!