Mackenzie Farrell is a graduate research assistant at EIH while pursuing a master’s degree in environmental science-biology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She plans to study Galveston Bay’s local bottlenose dolphin population.
Farrell, a Florida native, graduated from the University of West Florida with a B.S. in marine biology in 2018. As an undergraduate, she interned with Oceans Campus in Mossel Bay, South Africa, where she conducted genetic sampling of catsharks, population studies of bottlenose dolphins, and population surveys of the local great white shark population. While in Florida, Farrell lead a project for the county where she investigated microplastics in local waters. She presented her work to the board of commissions for Escambia County. Farrell has assisted in a humpback whale necropsy and volunteered as a wildlife specialist. Her love of animals has brought her here to further her career in the field.