Fellowship institution:Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Project Title:Using an Individual-Based Model to Predict the Genetic Impacts of Hatchery Based Restoration of the Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) in Chesapeake Bay
Katie Hornick is currently a master’s student and is in the process of switching to a Ph.D. in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Maryland. She receives her pearls of wisdom from Dr. Louis Plough’s lab at the Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, where she studies population genetics of eastern oyster restoration. The goal of this project is to develop an individual-based model to assess the genetic impact of supplementing wild populations of oysters with hatchery-produced oysters in Harris Creek. Katie received a Bachelor of Science in natural sciences from Loyola Marymount University in 2012. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University, Katie spent a year and a half in Puerto Montt, Chile, flexing her mental muscles while studying the effect of salmon aquaculture on microbial diversity and community composition of sediments. When Katie isn’t in the lab, she can be found making jewelry, hiking, or hanging out at the beach with her pug, Oliver.