Allison Savoie

Allison Savoie

Graduate Student

Ocean Acidification, Ocean Carbon Cycling, Climate Change, Coral Reefs, Oyster Reefs

  allison.m.savoie@tamu.edu

  Eller O&M 911

Research

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

August 2020-Present- Doctoral Research with Dr. Kathryn Shamberger, Texas A&M University, studying carbonate chemistry and dissolution rates of deep-sea coral reefs.

Collecting and analyzing samples from deep-sea scleractinian reefs in the North Pacific Ocean to look at the environmental factors affecting carbonate chemistry, dissolution rates, and reef distribution.

August 2018-August 2020- Master’s Thesis Research with Dr. Christopher Hayes, University of Southern Mississippi, studying carbon dynamics in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Collected and analyzed samples from Northern Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Sound using instruments including: Coulometer, Alkalinity Titrator, Fluorometer, and Spectrophotometer to understand carbon dynamics and ocean acidification in the area.

April 2017-May 2018- Undergraduate Honors Senior Thesis Research with Silvia Newell and Mark McCarthy, Wright State University, studying uptake and regeneration of ammonia using stable isotope techniques in the Aransas River.

Analyzed samples from Aransas Tidal Freshwater Zone on the OXMIMS and Lachet Nutrient Auto Analyzer for nitrogen uptake and regeneration experiment.

May-August 2017- NSF REU with James McClelland, University of Texas Marine Science Institute, studying phytoplankton communities and nutrient dynamics in the Aransas River.

Analyzed samples from Aransas River Tidal Freshwater Zone for dissolved nutrients on a nutrient analyzer and phytoplankton abundance and community composition using a flow cytometer and chlorophyll extraction.

 

INVITED TALKS:

Savoie, A. M. Wright State University: Earth & Environmental Sciences Colloquium (March 2020)

Savoie, A. M. USM’s Gulf Park Campus: Women in STEM Meeting (Sept. 2019)

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Savoie, A. M. Freshwater endmembers impacting carbonate chemistry in the Mississippi Sound. University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science thesis defense, defended virtually June 2020.

Savoie, A. M., Moody, A., Dillon, K., Shiller, A. M., Howden, S. D., Hayes, C. T. Freshwater Endmembers Influencing the Dissolved Inorganic Carbon System of the Mississippi Sound. 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Savoie, A. M., Hayes, C. T., Howden, S. D. Carbonate Chemistry in Mississippi and Louisiana Coastal Waters. NOAA OA Community Meeting and Mini-Symposium in Miami, FL, 2020.

Savoie, A. M., Hayes, C. T. Riverine Impacts on the Dissolved Inorganic Carbon System in the Mississippi Sound. 13th Graduate Climate Conference in Woods Hole, MA, 2019.

Savoie, A. M., Newell, S., McCarthy, M. J., Hayes, C.T., McClelland, J.W. Dishes to Defense: Adventures of an Undergrad in Research. Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2019.

Savoie, A. M., Rosen, J., Howden, S., Hayes, C. T. Carbon Dynamics On and Off the Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico. Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography, Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2019.

Savoie, A. M., Wei, H., Newell, S. E., McCarthy, M., McClelland, J. W. Phytoplankton Abundance, Size distribution, and Community Composition in the Aransas River Tidal Freshwater Zone. Wright State Earth and Environmental Science Honors Senior Thesis Defense in Dayton, Ohio 2018.

Savoie, A. M., Wei, H., Newell, S. E., McCarthy, M., McClelland, J. W. Phytoplankton Abundance, Size distribution, and Community Composition in the Aransas River Tidal Freshwater Zone. Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation, 24th Biennial Conference in Providence, Rhode Island 2017.

Savoie, A. M., Wei, H., McClelland, J. W. Phytoplankton Abundance, Size distribution, and Community Composition in the Aransas River Tidal Freshwater Zone. REU Research Symposium in Port Aransas, Texas 2017.

Selected Publications

Savoie, A. M., Moody, A., Dillon, K., Howden, S. D., Shiller, A. M., Hayes, C. T. “Impact of local rivers on dissolved inorganic carbon dynamics in the Mississippi Sound”, Limnology and Oceanography, in review, 2020.

Savoie, A. M., Howden, S., Shiller, A., and Hayes, C. T. “Freshwater endmembers impacting carbonate chemistry in the Mississippi Sound”, Master’s thesis, 2020.

Savoie, A. M., Wei, H., Newell, S. E., McCarthy, M., McClelland, J. W. “Nitrogen uptake and regeneration influence on phytoplankton abundance and community composition in the Aransas River tidal freshwater zone”, Undergraduate Honors thesis, 2019.

Education

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS: M.S. August 2020, in Marine Science.

Wright State University, Fairborn, OH: B.S. May 2018, in Earth and Environmental Science, summa cum laude.

Awards

2020: Texas A&M College of Geosciences Merit Fellow

2020: Louis & Elizabeth Scherck Scholarship

2020: Texas A&M Prestigious National Fellowship Scholarship

2018-2023: NSF Graduate Research Fellow

2020: GCOOS Regional Association Howard Scholarship

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Shamberger

 

FIELD EXPERIENCE:

January 2020- Float deployment for Ocean of Things program through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aboard the R/V Point Sur in the Gulf of Mexico. Assisted with deploying ~150 floats.

October 2019- Teaching Assistant on Graduate Student Cruise aboard the R/V Point Sur in the Chandeleur Sound. Collected water quality samples for class along with alkalinity and DIC samples for my own research. Instructed first year graduate students on proper sampling techniques for each parameter (nutrients, DO, alkalinity, & salinity).

September 2019- Glider deployment and sample collection aboard R/V Point Sur. Assisted with the deployment of three gliders and collected samples for alkalinity and DIC.

August 2018-Present- Monthly beach sampling from Waveland to Biloxi, MS for Master’s thesis work.

December 2018- Mississippi Sound Sampling for radon survey on a small sampling boat.

October 2018- Graduate Student Cruise aboard the R/V Point Sur to the Deepwater Horizon site. Collected samples for alkalinity, DIC, and thorium analyses.

Summer 2017- Three boat sampling trips on Aransas River for undergraduate research in Texas and an additional boat sampling day in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

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