Brianna Ordung developed a fascination with the ocean as a child, always wanting to learn everything she could about it. From the New England Aquarium to the tidal pools, beaches and bays off the coast of New England, she made sure to explore everything she could. As it came time to “grow up” and determine her college major, she went back to her roots at the Aquarium and took on a volunteer position in their education department. Volunteering with the New England Aquarium was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, allowing her to see that the only thing that mattered was the fate of our oceans and all of the fascinating creatures in it.
Brianna’s interest in marine conservation evolved after her senior year at the Florida Institute of Technology. The information gained from Marine Ecology and Conservation Biology classes shaped her into the biologist she aspires to be. Additionally, her work with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and in Dr. Turingan’s Fish Ecophysiology and evolution lab gave her hand on experience in conservation issues. While at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, she assisted in horseshoe crab and oyster reef restoration research. Both of these species are iconic to the waters of Wellfleet, MA and dwindling in numbers. Additionally while working for Dr. Turingan at FIT, she researched Florida invasive species including Lionfish and Pike Killifish. Her future goals include attending a masters program centered around marine policy and conservation issues, ultimately becoming a Marine Conservation Biologist.