Natasha Zarnstorff is a graduate research assistant at EIH while pursuing a master's in environmental science-biology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In 2012, Zarnstorff received her B.S. in biology with a concentration in ecology and biodiversity from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. The opportunity to work with Dr. George Guillen, executive director at EIH, on water quality of wetlands drew Zarnstorff to UHCL. Her thesis project involves comparing the water quality of restored, created and natural salt marshes.
While attending Emporia State, Zarnstorff was a research technician on a bat survey in the Red Hills of Kansas, and completed an internship at the local zoo. She also participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in 2011 where she worked with Dr. Ken Heck on a project looking at restoring seagrass beds using bird stakes.