I’m Andrea, a Master’s student in Dr. Morrissey’s lab. I grew up in Maryland, just North of
Washington DC. I got my Bachelor’s degree at the College of Wooster in Ohio, majoring in
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I researched honey bee toxicology for my undergraduate
senior thesis at Ohio State University.
After graduating, I worked in a soil lab at the University of
Idaho running LC-MS analytics on natural plant biopesticides. Now I research the impact of
pesticides on wetlands in the prairies and how pesticide contamination can be mitigated with
different farming practices. I’m particularly interested in the insects that live in wetlands and
how they are affected. My thesis is “Role of vegetation buffer zones for mitigating wetland
pesticide contamination and response of aquatic invertebrate communities in the prairie
wetlands”. My work includes driving around the province, sampling wetlands for water and
invertebrates, and lots of time identifying insects under the microscope.