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Amy Ehrhart
Amy Ehrhart

Amy is a PhD student in the Environmental Science and Management department and an Associate IGERT Fellow. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. At SUU, her research investigated the effects of food limitation on stinging cell production in the Glass Anemone. After receiving her degree, Amy spent four years working at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City where she developed and taught inquiry-based education programs to diverse groups of students, teachers and the public that focused on local and marine ecosystems and environmental stewardship. For her PhD research, Amy is focusing on anthropogenic stressors to marine ecosystems. Specifically, she aims to fill knowledge gaps on types, concentrations, and effects of emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceuticals, personal care products, steroid hormones, current use pesticides) on Pacific oysters, a commercially important species in the Pacific northwest. To examine these questions, she is collaborating with local agencies and conducting lab and field experiments in Oregon and Washington estuaries.