Emily just finished her first year as a MS student in Marine Biology at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. She is currently a member of Greg Rouse’s lab working on crinoids, specifically of the genus Promachocrinus. Promachocrinus is an unstalked crinoid, living circumpolar Antarctica. Emily is using morphological and phylogenetic methods to delimit species within Promachocrinus, which before the use of DNA methods, was thought to only contain a single species. As a second project for her masters she is also using next gen sequencing to map out the entire mitochondrial genome of multiple specimens spanning the entire crinoid clade.

Emily obtained her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Washington State University. During this time she worked in Jaak Panksepp’s lab and did behavioral research with rats and degus, recording behavior and vocalizations.