As you all know by now, my name is Sydney Birch, I am a PhD graduate student at UNH studying cnidarian sensory biology in the Plachetzki lab. A little bit more about me, my mom was in the Air Force (she just recently retired!) so I grew up all over the country, from Hawaii to Ohio. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to watch Shark week (when it was still educational) and other documentaries on the Discovery Channel together. This sparked my interest in science and sent me on my path to become a scientist.
Later down the line, I attended Michigan State University (MSU) for a BS in Zoology, my experiences at MSU are really what fueled my passion for research and education and narrowed my interests to marine biology and sensory biology. At MSU I had many amazing opportunities, one of my most memorable was going on a study abroad to Antarctica (there are pictures to the right)! This experience really sealed the deal for me in wanting to explore the world and be a scientist.
Fast forward and now I'm a first generation college student pursing a higher degree in Molecular Evolution and Systems Biology. It has always been a dream of mine to become a scientist and now I'm closer than ever!
In addition to loving science, I try to find time to just be me. I enjoy spending time outdoors and doing activities like hiking, kayaking, and going to the beach (NH is perfect for this!). I also enjoy sports like football, soccer, and basketball and I'm a huge MSU Spartans fan, Go Green!