Department of Fisheries Science
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in applied research and management. My ideal research projects have direct implications for management of natural resources and engage local communities – to educate, build relationships, and facilitate participation in scientific research.
For my Masters research, I investigated the reproductive cycle, growth, and population status of Pismo clams (Tivela stultorum) within California. We hope this information will help inform local management of an iconic, understudied species.
As a new PhD student at VIMS, I will be conducting research on the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica).
Other: Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, I am a lover of black coffee, tasty beer, cozy sweaters, and the outdoors. My spare time is spent hiking, reading, camping, and adventuring in new places!
Ph.D. Marine Biology 2020 - Present
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Gloucester, VA
M.S. Biological Sciences Graduated 2020
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA
B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Science Cum laude Graduated 2013
Oregon State University Corvallis, OR
Relevant Work Experience
Marine Phytoplankton Specialist (NRS-1), Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Primary research assistant on a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring project investigating the capability of models to forecast spatial and temporal occurrences of HABs. Cell counts of HAB species, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to monitor particulate domoic acid.
Marine Biotoxin Specialist (NRS-1), Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Co-investigator on exploratory marine biotoxin monitoring program for the Oregon Coast. Co-lead development of sampling plan and protocols, crew lead for field work, phytoplankton identification, use of ELISA to monitor toxins in tissues and seawater.
Juniper Obligate Technician, Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Primary technician on the Utah-Juniper Obligate Project. Conducted Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) point count surveys. Processed wolverine camera trap photos.
Non-game Bat Technician, Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Primary technician for the Eastern Cliff, Canyon, and Rock Outcrop Bat Inventory. Use of mist nets (single and triple) and harp traps, acoustic surveys with Wildlife Acoustics SM2 detectors, basic caving.
Deer Capture Technician, Pennsylvania Game Commission
Technician for a multifaceted deer population management program. Deployed trail cameras, clover traps, rocket nets for deer monitoring and capture. Applied radio collars, ear tags, vaginal implant transmitters and DNA samples.
Experimental Biology Aide (OASIS Project), Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Participate in detailed spawning ground surveys in remote, coastal streams. Hiked 5+ miles of stream per day for spawning ground surveys. Weekly reports of field activities. Initiated land owner contacts and secured access to field sites on private land.
Shellfish Sampling and Data Technician, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife
Primary technician on a comprehensive recreational and commercial shellfish harvest monitoring program. Participated in estuary research and shellfish population assessments. Recreational creel and effort count surveys, commercial sampling of crab and clam fisheries. Stock assessment and biomass indices of razor clams. Assisted other projects: Marine mammal program and Groundfish program.
Biological Technician, United States Forest Service
Perform sylvatic plague research in Black-tailed Prairie Dog populations and a monitoring program for Black-footed Ferrets. Trapped Prairie dogs and collected biological data. PIT tags, ear tags, blood samples. Conducted spot-light surveys and trapping of Black footed ferrets.
Undergraduate Researcher, Oregon State University
Designed and implemented a research project in coordination with a faculty mentor. Monitored and collected data on Pacific chorus frogs (P. regilla) morphometrics using ImageJ software and survivorship in a laboratory setting. Formulated research protocols and selected research sites with faculty advisor.
Laboratory Instructor, California Polytechnic
Introduction to Organismal Form and Function, Undergraduate lab course, 5 sections; Spring 2018, Winter 2018, Spring 2017
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution, Undergraduate lab course, 2 sections; Fall 2018
Diversity and History of Life, Undergraduate lab course, 2 sections; Fall 2017
Awards and Grants
2020 Provost Distinguished Graduate Fellowship; Virginia Institute of Marine Science
2020 VIMS Foundation Fellowship; Virginia Institute of Marine Science
2020 Travel Award; National Shellfisheries Association
2019 COAST Graduate Student Research Award; California State University system
2019 Thurlow C. Nelson Outstanding Oral Presentation Award; National Shellfisheries Association
2019 Travel Award; National Shellfisheries Association
2019 COAST Student Travel Award; California State University system
2019 Graduate Presentation Award; Cal Poly
2019 Rich and Arnie Leggett Scholarship
2018 Student Travel Award; Western Society of Naturalists
2018 Graduate Assistantship Award; Cal Poly
2018 Out of State Tuition Waiver; Cal Poly
2018 Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust
2018 Rich and Arnie Leggett Scholarship
2018 Graduate Presentation Award; Cal Poly
2017 Graduate Assistantship Award; Cal Poly
2017 Out of State Tuition Waiver; Cal Poly
2017 Sponsored attendance; Taxonomic Identification of Harmful Algae in U.S. Waters course
2013 Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity Grant; Oregon State University
2012 Vivian Shriver-Thompson Scholarship; Oregon State University
2009 Heidi James Memorial Intern Award; Northwoods Wildlife Center
Oral Presentations *presenter ^undergraduate mentee
8) *^S Park, A Marquardt, and B Ruttenberg. (2019, October). Assessing life history parameters of the Pismo clam, Tivela stultorum, on Pismo Beach, CA. Western Society of Naturalists. Ensenada, MX.
7) *Marquardt, A, ^S Park, ^N Clark, ^E Maietta, ^E De Luca, ^D Almaguer, G Waltz, and B Ruttenberg. (2019, October). Distribution, abundance, and habitat associations of the Pismo clam (Tivela stultorum) in California. Western Society of Naturalists. Ensenada, MX.
6) *Marquardt, A, ^S Park, ^N Clark, ^E Maietta, ^E De Luca, ^D Almaguer, G Waltz, L Needles, and B Ruttenberg. (2019, September). Population trends and reproductive cycles of the Pismo clam (Tivela stultorum) in California. Pacific Shellfish Growers Association. Portland, OR.
5) *B Ruttenberg and A Marquardt. (2019, May). The Rise and fall (and rise?) of the Pismo Clam. Concert for the Clams. San Luis Obipso, CA.
4) *Marquardt, A and B Ruttenberg. (2019, May). Pismo clams (Tivela stultorum) in California. Morro Bay Science Explorations: Native Shellfish and Aquaculture. San Luis Obispo, CA.
3) *Marquardt, A, ^S Park, ^D Almaguer, G Waltz, L Needles, and B Ruttenberg. (2019, March). Population trends and abundance of Pismo clams (Tivela stultorum) in California. World Aquaculture and National Shellfisheries Triennial Meeting. New Orleans, LA
2) *Marquardt, A, ^S Park, ^D Almaguer, G Waltz, L Needles, and B Ruttenberg. (2018, November). Population trends and abundance of Pismo clams (Tivela stultorum) in California. Western Society of Naturalists Meeting, Tacoma, WA.
1) *Marquardt, A, B Ruttenberg, L Needles, G Waltz, and D Wendt. (2018, June). Rise and Fall (and Rise?) of the Pismo clam. Pismo Beach City Council Meeting, Pismo Beach, CA.
Poster Presentations *presenter ^undergraduate mentee
4) *^Clark, N, A Marquardt, ^E Maietta, and B Ruttenberg. (2019, October). Age and growth determination of the Pismo clam (Tivela stultorum) in California. Western Society of Naturalists. Ensenada, MX.
3) *^Park, S, A Marquardt, and B Ruttenberg. (2018, November). Reproductive cycle of the Pismo clam, Tivela stultorum, on Pismo Beach, California. Western Society of Naturalists Meeting.
2) *Marquardt, A, M Hunter, S Rumrill, K Corbett, and C Schmitt (2018). Marine Biotoxins: Domoic Acid Monitoring on the Oregon Coast. National Shellfisheries Association meeting.
1) Marquardt, A, *M Hunter, S Rumrill, K Corbett and C Schmitt (2017). Marine Biotoxins: Domoic Acid Monitoring on the Oregon Coast. Annual Pacific Estuarine Research Society meeting.
KVEC: Pismo Beach Today Show. Radio Show. 06/09/19
KSBY News: A new study aims to learn more about Pismo Beach clams. TV and Web. 06/09/18
The Tribune: Pismo's legendary clams are back - but don't plan a bake just yet. Newspaper. 05/05/18
Mentorship, Community Involvement & Service
• Co-Chair; National Shellfisheries Recruits (2020-Pres)
• Graduate representative: Distinguished Scholarship Award Committee: Cal Poly (2019)
• Cal Poly Wildlife Club: Presenter "Resume Workshop for Fisheries and Wildlife Science" (2019)
• Pismo Beach Clam Festival: Led outreach table on current research and bivalve biology
• Cal Poly Pier Open House: Led outreach table on current research and bivalve biology (2018 & 2019)
• Frost Research Mentor: Supervised 3 undergraduate research projects & final presentations (summer 2018 & 2019)
• Guest Instructor: Santa Barbara City College: Led field sampling trip on sandy intertidal invertebrates
• DIG Event Leader: Led outreach events for local high school students focused on bivalves of California
Professional Development & Certifications
Advanced Open Water Diver; PADI; 09/2019
Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Own Teaching and Maximizing Success of All Your Students Workshop; Cal Poly; 09/2018
Creating and Active and Inclusive Classroom Workshop; Cal Poly; 10/2017
EPA Region 10 Hamful Algae Identification Training Webinar; 09/2016
Survival Equipment, Procedures and Onboard Drills (ALMSEA-490); 11/2016