LSAMP: Tell me a little bit about the research you’re conducting this summer!
Ansley: I’m working with Dr. Mažeika Sullivan at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. I’ve also been working a lot with Dr. Kay Stefanik, and I work with two other undergraduate students looking at harmful algal blooms, especially nutrient components, in the upper Ohio River Basin. The project is multi-faceted, but I work in the lab and outside collecting different components to be analyzed.
LSAMP: How did you get involved in undergraduate research?
Ansley: I have done undergraduate research before, and I thought this program would be a good opportunity to get involved in research here. I really enjoyed the class taught at the Wetlands Facility last summer during the LSAMP Summer Bridge Program, so I was very excited to work there. I wanted to work in something related to the environment and natural resources, so I am glad to have this opportunity.
LSAMP: What do you enjoy most about undergraduate research?
Ansley: I enjoy exploring topics I have not really had much experience with. I also like the hands-on applications and experience, and I enjoy meeting new personnel with whom I share some interests. The wetlands are lovely, and I also enjoy visiting different collection sites.
LSAMP: Does your experience working with undergraduate research connect to your future career goals?
Ansley: Yes, the research connects with my future career goals. I am not sure what I want to do after graduation, but I am very interested in conservation, preservation, and education. Working in the lab has also helped affirm my enjoyment with the School of Environment and Natural Resources.