Brenna Friday

Brenna Friday

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Brenna is a 2nd year PhD student in the Kashian Ecotoxicology Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University. Brenna graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor’s of science in Ecology and Evolution and a determination to help conserve vulnerable amphibian populations across the U.S. Since then, she has woven her interests in herpetology, toxicology, and genomics into her dissertation designed to examine the toxic effects of harmful algal blooms on amphibian species in inland lakes and ponds across Michigan. Additionally, Brenna has enjoyed applied her knowledge through the lens of community building through the Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training (T-RUST) program at WSU. Here she is working with an interdisciplinary group of graduate students to develop a vulnerability assessment that will uncover the impacts of climate change on Detroit’s local food system in the coming decades. All of her projects have been strengthened immensely through collaboration with government and community science organizations like the Michigan Office of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and Friends of the Rouge. One day Brenna hopes to repay the favor through a position in government research focused broadly on the intersection of public and ecosystem health. These partnerships have taught Brenna so much about the importance of science communication and she hopes to share and learn alongside more students and mentors through ComSciCon-MI in 2021.