Jordanna Barley


M.S. Student in Environmental Conservation

B.A. Biology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

I began at UMass Amherst as a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Conservation in the fall of 2018. I graduated with a Biology degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, conducting research on the effects of ocean acidification on disease resistance in sea grasses. Since graduating, I completed an AmeriCorps Program working with many areas of natural resource and wildlife management, and worked at an aquatic toxicology lab doing Whole Effluent Toxicity testing. Currently, my research focuses on how ocean warming affects species’ biogeography and evolutionary processes. I am working with two marine crab species to get at these questions- spending a lot of time looking for crabs in salt marshes and working with their larvae in the lab!