Last night, the FAST Lab said farewell to 3 stalwarts of the lab: Meadhbh Moriarty, Aileen Nimick, and Sarah Webster.
Meadhbh Moriarty is our Fulbright scholar that has been with us for the past school year. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in fisheries science, and has been a tremendous asset to the lab these past 9 months, providing advice and expertise in research project development, statistical analyses, and coding in R. She’s always ready for a chat, and we are luck to have her as a friend. She’ll be returning to her home in Scotland soon to finish her Ph.D. over the next year, and we hope that we might be able to see her again in the future.
Aileen Nimick has been a graduate student with the lab, and also worked as the assistant program manager. She has always been super helpful in making sure the lab was running well, always willing to review and edit others’ work, and kept us in good health by always encouraging us to walk with her and her dog Kenya around the dog park. Aileen is moving out of the state soon, and we’re excited for next step in life in pursuing veterinary school.
Last but not least, Sarah Webster, one of the first graduate students of the FAST Lab who has been with us since its inception. Webbie has been our lab manager for the last 7 years, and has now taken up a new position as a Sport Fishery Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. We are forever indebted to her for keeping all of us organized, on track, and being a great person to talk to or come to for advice on our projects. It’s going to be difficult to try and fill her shoes and keep up with everything she has done for us behind the scenes. We will definitely miss her, but at least she will still be in Anchorage, and we are excited for her new adventure!