Meg graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2015. During her time at CCU, she participated in an NSF-REU at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Her project focused on alterations in behavioral and physiological responses of longfin squid (Loligo pealeii) to minor injuries. This project was part of a larger study evaluating the evolution and function of nociception and pain. Her honors thesis described how schooling behaviors of L. pealeii changed in response to the presence of an injured conspecific and predatory threats. After graduation she worked as a fisheries technician and education specialist for South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Meg is currently working as a technician at GCRL and will begin her PhD in the fall 2016 under the advisement of Dr. Robert Leaf. Her work will focus on Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) stocks in the northern Gulf of Mexico as part of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Reef Fish Sampling project. She will be investigating stock depletion and recovery, and population dynamics with tag-recapture efforts.