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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3 PM.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

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December 1 | Allie Margulies , EOS Center Graduate Student

Allie identifies as a conservation scientist who is passionate about threatened and declining species. As a Master’s student at SFSU’s EOS Center, she is co-advised by Dr. Andy Chang of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Dr. Matt Ferner of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Her research centers on Olympia oysters, an important native species that is a major focus of conservation and restoration efforts across the West Coast of the United States and beyond. She is building on a long-term dataset of San Francisco Bay’s Olympia oyster population to help inform climate change resilience in future restoration projects.