Brendan  Turley

GK-12/ PERFECT Fellow Grafton High School

Email: [[turley]]
Phone: (804) 684-7540
Office: Chesapeake Bay Hall S113
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences

About Me
I obtained my Bachelor's of Science from the University of Miami, Florida in 2006 with a double major in Marine Science/ Biology and a minor in chemistry. After graduating, I worked as an aquaculture technician at the Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's Aplysia Facility for a year breeding Fundulus heteroclitus and Aplysia californica. After that I spent six years as a NOAA-NMFS fisheries observer deployed on commercial fishing vessels in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. During that time I worked on tuna and swordfish pelagic longliners, grouper bottom longliners, snapper bandit boats and shrimp trawlers. I spent weeks at a time offshore collecting fishery dependent data such as species composition, numbers, lengths and weights. Additionally, I was responsible for collecting data on sea turtles caught. Furthermore, tissue samples were taken, metal flipper tags and PIT tags were applied to any turtles that were boarded. I am now working on my Master's Thesis focused on population genetics.