I began my biology career while still in high school, going to work at an abalone farm in Monterey, CA in order to pursue my interests in the outdoors and specifically in aquatic organisms and ecosystems. I shifted to working in fresh water and with terrestrial organisms in my undergraduate studies, going on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Zoo and Wildlife Biology in Southwestern Virginia in 2016. I then conducted state agency work in freshwater fisheries and later with freshwater invertebrates, concentrating on endangered native species of freshwater mussels. I am currently pursuing my interest in freshwater conservation by working towards a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research at Iowa State involves restoring freshwater mussel populations in the Cedar River watershed, with a strong focus on population genetics. My goal is to continue to work towards the conservation of our riverine ecosystems and the species therein.
Katelyn A Miller
Graduate Research Assistant
Area of Expertise:
B.S., Zoo and Wildlife Biology, Southwestern Virginia, 2016