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Education

Ph.D. in progress, Marine ecology and pollution, advised by Dr. Emily Carrington, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Expected June 2020.

B.A. with Honors, Biological Science, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, June 2014.

 

Current Research 

Marine Ecology – Organism responses, population dynamics, and competitive interactions of mussels and the surrounding intertidal communities under anthropogenic stressors, specifically increasing levels of microscopic plastics.

Microplastic Contamination – Quantifying microplastic contamination in the Salish Sea to identify if an urban gradient exists and if contamination levels in mussels, water, and sediment are related.

Policy – Understanding how pollution affects intertidal species and how bioindicating species, such as mussels, can aid marine pollution policy in small bodies of water.

 

Public Talks

Winner, Seattle Science Slam #14, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Marine Debris, Pint Sized Science, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Plastic pollution in local waters, Plastic pollution workshop, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Ignite talk, MADart Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Science Presentations

Talk, Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma, WA, 2018.

Talk, Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, Blaine, WA, 2018.

Talk, “Microplastic pollution impacts on marine mussels,” WRC NOAA Open House, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Talk, Graduate Student Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Poster, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA, 2018

Talk, Graduate Student Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2017.

Poster, Graduate Climate Conference, Pack Forest, WA, 2016.

Metcalf Fellowship Symposium Presentation, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 2014.

Fellowships, Awards, and Honors

Robert T. Paine Experimental and Field Ecology Endowed Fund, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 201.

Edmonson Award, $3000, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2019.

Resident scientist for the Marjorie and Joseph Rubenson Endowment for Art and Science on Volcan Mountain, $2000, Volcan Mountain, CA, 2019.

Carrington Travel Grant, $400, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2018.

Pamela Roe Graduate Student Endowed Fellowship, $2000, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2018.

Wingfield/Ramenofsky Award, $700, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2018.

Edmonson Award, $3500, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2018.

Friday Harbor Laboratories Research Fellowship, $450, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2017.

Carrington Travel Grant, $600, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2017.

Strathmann Fellowship, $1400, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2017.

Washington SeaGrant Fellowship, Carrington and Friedman No. NA14OAR4170078, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA 2016

Strathmann Fellowship, $4000, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, 2016.

Edmonson Award, $3500, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2015.

Metcalf Fellowship, granted by University of Chicago to work at Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 2014.

Dean’s List, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Dr. Ben Wiggins, Civilization Biology, University of Washington, WA, Summer Quarter 2018.

Guest Lecture, Foundations in Ecology, University of Washington, WA, Winter Quarter 2018.

Teaching Assistant, Dr. Hilary Hayford, Foundations in Ecology, University of Washington, WA, Winter Quarter 2018.

Research Assistant, Dr. Jan Newton, Dr. Matt Baker, Dr. Rebecca Guenther, Pelagic Ecosystem Functions of the San Juan Archipelago, FHL, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA Autumn Quarter 2017.

Teaching Assistant, Dr. Gustav Paulay and Dr. Peter Funch, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, FHL, University of Washington, Friday Harbor, WA, Summer Quarter 2017.

Teaching Assistant, Dr. Jennifer Ruesink, Marine Ecology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Spring Quarter 2017.

Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Leader, Dr. Fredrick Dooly, Dr. Jake Cooper, Dr. Scott Freeman, Introduction to Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Autumn 2015, and Winter Quarters 2016, 2017.

Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Leader, Dr. Daniel Schindler, Limnology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Autumn Quarter 2016, 2018.

Teaching Assistant and Quiz Section Leader, Dr. Michael Kennedy, Foundation of Physiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Spring Quarter 2016, 2018.  

Teaching Assistant, Dr. Eric Larsen, Natural History of North American Deserts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Spring Quarter 2014.

Teaching Assistant and Laboratory Instructor, Dr. Beatrice Fineschi, Core Biology, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters 2013-2014.

Selected Reviews

“I think this was a great discussion section because it stayed on topic and remained intriguing. Lyda did a great job of pushing us to understand the information, but I did not feel overwhelmed. One of the better TA’s I’ve had here at UW!”

  • Foundations of Physiology, Spring 2016

“Lyda was very personable, and added more to the discussion session than just a TA standing in front of the class. She gave great explanations, when I couldn’t understand the question or didn’t know how to give an answer. I also appreciated that she would make sure we still understood the topic even when there were section changes. I always felt welcomed and comfortable asking questions, even if I didn’t know.”

  • Foundations of Physiology, Spring 2016

“Lyda encouraged us to explore beyond the text and expand our knowledge through !fun  facts!”

  • Biology 180, Winter 2016

“I would like to recognize my TA Lyda Harris because she has shown that she wants us to succeed in this class and beyond, she notes what we struggle with and sends us information about these areas outside of class; she has made a difference in our class.”

  • Biology 180, Winter 2016

“Lyda is an amazing TA and I think she will do great things in the field of Biology in the future.”

  • Introduction to Biology, Fall 2016

“Lyda is easily my favorite TA I’ve had at UW. She was incredibly knowledgeable and challenged the students to think critically. She seemed to actually care if people understood the material and wanted us to succeed.”

  • Introduction to Biology, Winter 2017

 “I like the enthusiasm, optimism and humor of Lyda”

  • Foundations of Physiology, Spring 2018

Previous Non-Graduate Research Experience

Metcalf Fellow, Dr. Roger Hanlon, Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA, 2014.

Research Intern, Dr. Mark Westneat and Dr. Justin Grubich, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago and Fishes Division, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, 2013-2014.

Research Assistant, Dr. Stephen Pruett-Jones Laboratory, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, 2013.

Laboratory Assistant, Dr. Cathy Pfister and Dr. Tim Wootton, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Field Assistant, Dr. Cathy Pfister and Dr. Tim Wootton, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago, Sekiu and Tatoosh Island, WA, 2012.

Publications

In Review – Harris, L. and Carrington, E., Impact of microplastic on the filter feeding of marine mussels. Limnology and Oceanography.

In-preparation manuscript – Harris, L., Grubich, J., and Westneat, M., Kinematics and behavior of suction feeding in the lionfish, Pterois volitans.

In-preparation manuscript – Hanlon, H. and Harris, L., Rapid adaptive coloration observed in marine teleost fishes of the Caribbean.

Additional Work Experience

Barista, Ex libris Coffee Shop, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 2011-2014.

Prepared espresso and coffee drinks in the University library

Independent Tutor, Math Tutor, Tucson AZ, 2010-2012.

Prepared students for high school math classes and standardized tests

Student Organizations

President, Sound Scholars, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2018-Present.

Member, Graduate Programming Committee, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2016-Present.

Member, Senior Class Gift Committee, raised over $97,000, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013-2014.

Senior Mentor, Student Leadership Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2013-2014.

Sport Club Finance Committee, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2011-2014.

President, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2010-2014.

Project Leader, Student Leadership Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2012-2013.

Ambassador, Sustainable Actions for a Greener Environment (SAGE), University of Chicago, Chicago IL, 2012-2013.

Pole Vault, Women’s Varsity Track, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2010-2013.

Relevant Skills

Field and Laboratory Techniques: Intertidal quadrate sampling, plankton tow, certified PADI open water SCUBA, kayaking, PCR, gel electrophoresis, high speed filming, photo analysis, bacterial plating, fish tagging, and animal care

Computer – Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, R, ImageJ

Language – Intermediate Spanish level

Social Butterfly – Organize happy hours, recruitment events, invertebrate balls, and class trips

Jam connoisseur – First place & people’s choice for blackberry jam at the San Juan County Fair 2017, 2018

Arts and Materials Work – Woodwork, digital media, digital film, digital and film photography, oil painting