My name is Keya Jackson, and I am really excited to be working with Mr. Trent and Mr. Christopher at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy this school year. This opportunity is funded by the National Science Foundation GK-12 Ocean Literacy Program (NSF GK-12) at Savannah State University (SSU). The NSF GK-12 program is designed to help scientists improve their communication skills by partnering with experienced school teachers. Aside from my work at Ellis, I am pursuing my Master of Science degree in Marine Sciences at SSU. My bachelor’s degree is from Hampton University (VA). For my master’s thesis research, I am assessing the socioeconomic impact of black gill disease on commercial shrimp trawlers in Georgia by observing infection rates and interviewing shrimpers. The disease does not impact humans when consuming the shrimp, but reduces the energy output of the shrimp and may make the shrimp product less marketable. I hope to share some of what I learn from my research with the students. The take home message that I hope to impart on Ellis students is that we are just as connected to this world as any other organism, and that we need to be cognizant of our actions and potential influences on our surrounding environment.
Ms. Keya, our resident scientist