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Education

PhD Student
University of Washington
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
2016-present

Bachelor of Science
Universtiy of Washington
Oceanography (Chemical), 2011

Publications

Pacific geoduck (Panopea generosa) resilience to natural pH variation
Laura H Spencer, Micah Horwith, Alexander T Lowe, Yaamini R Venkataraman, Emma Timmins-Schiffman, Brook L Nunn, Steven B Roberts. June, 2019. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics Volume 30:91-101 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbd.2019.01.010

Carry-over effects of temperature and pCO2 in multiple Olympia oyster populations
Laura H Spencer, Yaamini R Venkataraman, Ryan Crim, Stuart Ryan, Micah J Horwith, Steven B Roberts. In review. Pre-print in BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/616375

Characterization of proteomic response to natural environmental differences in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Yaamini R Venkataraman, Emma Timmins-Schiffman, Micah Horwith, Alexander T Lowe, Brook L Nunn, Brent Vadopalas, Laura H Spencer, Steven B Roberts. February, 2019. _Marine Ecology Progress Series 610:65-81. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12858

Larval response to parental low pH exposure in Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas)
Yaamini R Venkataraman, Laura H Spencer, Steven B Roberts. In press, Journal of Shellfish Research

First confirmation of the shell-boring oyster parasite Polydora websteri (Polychaeta: Spionidae) in Washington State, USA
Julieta Martinelli, Heather Lopes, Lorenz Hauser, Isadora Jimenez-Hidalgo, Teri L King, Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino, Paul Rawson, Laura Spencer, Jason Williams, Chelsea Wood. _In review. Preprint in PeerJ: https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27621v1

Honors & Awards

Invited speaker and winner of the Student Spotlight Competition, Aquaculture 2019 in New Orleans, March 7-11, 2019.
Best graduate student presentation, 72nd Annual Shellfish Conference in Blaine, WA, Pacific Coast Section of NSA, September 18-20, 2018.
Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW, Australia) May 2018, National Science Foundation
Australia–Americas PhD Research Internship Program April 2018, Australia Academy of Science
College of the Environment Student Travel Award, November 2017, University of Washington
Hall Conservation Genetics Research Award March 2017, University of Washington College of the Environment
Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship (Declined) March 2017, The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Division of Invertebrate Zoology
Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Grant March 2017, National Shellfish Association
NSA Student Travel Award January 2017, National Shellfish Association
Fellow, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), April 2016, National Science Foundation

Membership, Certificates, and Positions

Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, member since 2016
National Shellfish Association, recruits co-chair and member since 2017
World Aquaculture Society, member since 2017
United States Aquaculture Society, social media subcommittee and member since 2017
UW Shellfish Club, Vice-President since 2017
PADI Open Water, 2015-present
UW Scientific Diver in-training

Products

Earth Echo International: STEM Career Close-Up, March 2016
Earth Echo International: Shell Shocked, March 2016
Geoduck as indicators of environmental change
Poster, NSA Annual Meeting in Knoxville, March 2017
Presentation, PCSGA Conference in Welches OR, September 2017

Contact me

lhs3@uw.edu

A bit about me

As a Univeristy of Washington alumna with a B.S. in Chemical Oceanography, I am very pleased to return to the UW to pursue a Masters at SAFS as an NSF Graduate Fellow. In the years between I began my career at SustainableWorks, an ARRA-funded energy efficiency program in Seattle working to reduce residential energy consumption, then with the Seattle-based consulting firm Ross Strategic on a spectrum of environmental projects such as flood mitigation, Puget Sound salmon recovery, air quality on tribal lands, the EPA Exchange Network, etc. I then joined the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, a non-profit using boots-on-the-ground tactics to restore the native Olympia oyster & Pinto abalone in Puget Sound, where I gained valuable experience in hatchery techniques and a curiosity in shellfish restoration and research. Additionally, dual interests in scientific education/outreach and Ocean Acifidification led to volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium, the Ocean Inquiry Project, WA Sea Grant, and Earth Echo. In joining the Roberts Lab I seek to perform applied research to provide useful knowledge for shellfish aquaculture and restoration communities, with the express interest of maintaining affordable, delicious shellfish on our tables and shorelines.