Morgan graduated with a B.S. in Zoology with Honors Research Distinction from The Ohio State University in 2014. During her time at Ohio State, she worked at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory as a research assistant for a project studying stock structure of Lake Erie Walleye (Sander vitreus) through micro-elemental analysis of otoliths. Her undergraduate research focused on the use of larval otolith microchemistry as a natural marker to discriminate between major river-spawning stocks of Walleye in Lake Erie.
Morgan received her M.S. degree in Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in 2016. Her thesis research focused on describing the age and growth dynamics and reproductive biology of Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) in the north-central Gulf of Mexico. The project included a field sampling effort to collect biological samples from Southern Flounder in the Mississippi Sound using primarily recreational fishing methods and involving anglers from the community. The knowledge gained from this research will inform state-level management of Southern Flounder stocks in the Gulf of Mexico. As an outreach component, her project also involved local high school and undergraduate student interns to expose them to the process of conducting scientific research and to inspire enthusiasm for pursuing a career in the field of biological sciences.
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