Anna Finch, Hollings Scholar

Pacific Ocean Sunset

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Finch. I’m a Hollings scholar, class of 2021, and a student in oceanography and biochemistry at the University of Washington. This past summer, I moved across the country from Seattle, Washington, to St. Petersburg, Florida, to complete my Hollings internship at the Institute for Marine Remote Sensing offsite link at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

I worked on a project investigating seasonal variations in the phytoplankton community in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Phytoplankton are also known as microalgae, and they are a primary food source in ocean food webs. I learned about field research, data analysis, and coding skills that I’m excited to bring forward into my future career!

Read Anna's full story on the NOAA Education website.