Science Leader Anne Kearney '12
High School: Choate Rosemary Hall
Connecticut College Major: Biology
Summer 2011 - Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St., Louis, MO
Summer 2010 - Landscaping Aide at the Connecticut College Arboretum
Summer 2009 - Research in Professor Anne Bernhard's laboratory, studying the effects of different salinities, temperatures and pH on abundance of ammonia oxidizers
Academic Year Research
Professor Bernhard's molecular ecology lab for 4 semesters
"The Influence of Salinity on Ammonia Oxidizing Archaea and Bacteria." Anne Kearney, Courtney Dwyer, and Professor Anne Bernhard, Summer 2009
New England Estuarine Research Society Conference, Salem, Conn., Spring 2009
As a NSF research intern in the Danforth Plant Science Center's USDA-ARS lab, investigated by Dr. Ivan Baxter, in order to determine the traits for fast growth, high lipid content, and cheap nutrient media essential to a viable biofuel production strain, she is taking a quantitative genetics approach to identify loci important for these traits. She has determined the elemental composition by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), lipid composition by gas chromatography, and monitored growth rate by optical density of 136 Chlamydomonas mapping strains. Chlamydomonas green algae are considered a potential biofuel source, with their fast growth rate of 6 to 8 hours doubling time and their sexual cycle, reproducing both sexually and asexually, as well as their simple growth needs.
Anne intends to apply to master's programs in sustainable agriculture, as she hopes to have her own farm someday.
Anne is an applied music minor and plays the clarinet, and is principal clarinetist for three music ensembles. She also runs on the cross country team and bakes professionally. Anne was born profoundly deaf. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, kayaking and ballroom dancing.