Audrey Huff

Scientist in Training

Home state: Minnesota
Currently a student at: University of Minnesota Duluth, Large Lakes Observatory
Primary Research Topic(s): I am interested in disturbance ecology and benthic-pelagic coupling in aquatic ecosystems.
Where will you be heading next?

I am planning to pursue a postdoctoral position to continue to research marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Describe your potential research interests:

I am interested in disturbance ecology and benthic-pelagic coupling in aquatic ecosystems.

Describe an experience you’ve had that piqued your interest in science as a future career.

I spent my second year of college participating in a Nordic nature and environment program in Oulu, Finland. While there I spent a week at Oulanka Research Station, far in the north of the country, doing winter field work (including under-ice water sampling!). That program was my first exposure to ecological lab work and data analyses, and the week at Oulanka was my first exposure to field work. I loved it all and have continued to pursue that type of work ever since!

Why do you think it is important for students to get involved in science careers?

It’s so important to have fresh ideas and creativity in scientific research! Sometimes the best questions I hear come from the youngest people I interact with. In order to continue progressing and learning, we need students to get involved.

What advice would you give to younger students interested in science?

Ask questions and get involved! Don’t be scared to ask your teachers, mentors, and parents to help you figure out what you can do to get involved in internships, volunteer positions, and programs to learn more about research.

Contact Audrey Huff: [email protected]