Meredith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Oklahoma. While there, she studied the ecology of freshwater mussels and worked with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research lab focused on invasive plant species restoration in aquatic environments. Following her B.S., Meredith completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX. Her research focused on the chemical tranformations of petroleum conatminants in coastal salt marshes following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also worked to develop applications of ramped pyrolysis - gas chromatograph - mass specrometry to the study of petroleum hydrocarbons, in an effort to expand analytical range. At VIMS, Meredith is studying plastic pollution in marine systems. She is particularly interested in research that addresses the quesiton "how does plastic pollution, and the compounds that result from such pollution, alter marine ecosystems and processes as we know them?"