L. Brynn Davis (Pecher)
M.S., Old Dominion University (December 2016)
B.S., Old Dominion Unversity (May 2014)
Brynn received a B.S. in Ocean and Earth Sciences from Old Dominion
University in May 2014. She was introduced to CCPO during her undergraduate
career and began a research internship with Dr. Eileen E. Hofmann, creating
long-term distributions of Antarctic krill, crystal krill, and Antarctic
silverfish in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica.
Brynn began her Master's degree program at CCPO in the fall of 2014 and
completed her degree under the advisement of Dr. Hofmann in December 2016.
Her thesis research focused on identifying correlations among distributions
of Antarctic krill, crystal krill, and Antarctic silverfish and
environmental conditions in the western Ross Sea, Antarctica.
After graduation, she worked part-time as a Park Ranger for the Elizabeth
River Project, conducting environmental education field trips for local
elementary schools at a restored wetland and nature park. In August 2017,
Brynn returned to CCPO to work as a Research Associate with Dr. Eileen
Hofmann, Dr. John Klinck, and Dr. Margaret Mulholland to study
environmental controls on the bloom cycle of harmful algal blooms produced
by the toxic dinoflagellate Cochlodinium polykrikoides in the local
While Brynn's current focus is on modeling the harmful algal blooms of
Cochlodinium polykrikoides, her research interests also include the
biological and physical dynamics of the Antarctic food web —
specifically focused on krill, salps, and Antarctic silverfish, as well as
the development of Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) in the Antarctic.