Jillian Igoe is a rising junior at the College of the Atlantic majoring Human Ecology. She is from Mattapoisset, Massachusetts and worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole Massachusetts from 2017 to 2018 under Dr. Loretta Roberson, investigating the impact of temperature on the dinoflagellate-cnidarian symbiosis in the northernmost coral species, Astrangia poculata. Igoe’s research interests lie in bridging multiple disciplines to assess the interconnectedness between marine environments, cultures, policies, and the histories of coastal communities. In the future, she wants to investigate nutrient and carbon cycles and the adaptability of ecosystems to environmental change, such as the Gulf of Maine. Since coastal communities are heavily impacted by the influence of biodiversity loss on phytoplankton-zooplankton dynamics, Igoe hopes to engage with coastal communities.
Igoe is a 2020 Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Sciences recipient.