Emily Ashberry is the first student in BAHS’s new 3 + 2 accelerated master's program. Emily is currently working on her master’s thesis under the direction of Dr. Steven Rier. Her project is entitled “Understanding the environmental context of algal priming of course particulate organic matter decomposition in streams.” Emily’s work will examine how conditions such as light, nutrient concentrations and the presence of labile carbon affect algae. The presence of algae in an aquatic ecosystem can stimulate the breakdown of terrestrial organic matter by heterotrophic decomposers.
Emily had a very successful undergraduate career. She completed the requirements of the BU Honors Program and was nominated for Outstanding Senior in Biology. She was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society. Emily is the recipient of numerous scholarships including the BAHS Scholarship, the Henry Carver scholarship (3 years), the Math, Science and Technology Scholarship, and the Freshman Honors Scholarship. Outside the classroom, Emily was a class representative and a mentor in the Honors Program and a member of the BAHS Club and the Scuba Club. In the community, Emily has volunteered at the Animal Resource Center, served as a team captain for Relay for Life, and worked at blood drives for the American Red Cross. She has participated in service projects in Jamaica and in New Jersey.