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Sydney Lundquist B.S. in Biology

Sydney Lundquist, B.S. in Biology

Masters in Biological Sciences (Zoology)

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 07712338740

Biography:

New to the UK, I am a Master's student pursuing an MPhil in Zoology through the study of freshwater mussels in the Medway River with Dr. David Aldridge. In addition to my love for Biology and fieldwork, I spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, running, sporting, and reading in my hammock. I am originally from Virginia Beach in the United States and plan to work with the Virginia Beach Aquarium's marine conservation program in the future.

Research Group

Aquatic Ecology Group:
MPhil

Research Interests

My research interests lie in Biology, Ecology, and Zoology and have recently been leaning toward marine conservation. I am passionate about conservation and sustainability practices aimed at establishing healthy ecosystems that can benefit human beings as well as the native wildlife.

During my time spent at the University of Cambridge, I have the unique opportunity to study two British waterways (the River Medway and Thames) during river draw-downs. Using government-run chemical analyses, I will investigate the ecological impact of freshwater mussel populations and their corresponding distribution and abundance. Measuring mussels’ biomass, filtration levels, population counts, distribution, age, length, and individual weights will allow me to create a model system for further studies performed in nature.

Ultimately, I want to lead a research team focused on restoring ecosystems by re-establishing wildlife, nursing food webs back to health, and implementing sustainable land and water use techniques. This will require involving local people in our projects to ensure their understanding of the land and its maintenance. This type of restoration and education will help alleviate poverty by giving people access to fruitful land, healthy water, and knowledge about the environment's resources. Through the research of efficient, sustainable conservation efforts, I will be able to combine my love of wildlife with my desire to provide humans with environmental benefits. Eventually, I aspire to start a non-profit organization in which volunteers, especially high school and college students, spend weeks on conservation, restoration, and preservation projects aimed at creating better living environments for people and animals alike.