Megan Gunn earned her B.S. from Purdue University in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science in 2012. She manages multiple ongoing research projects for Dr. Reuben Goforth’s Aquatic Ecology Research lab which includes managing graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. Megan ensures that day to day lab operations are completed and everyone has the resources they need whether that would be printer ink or a boat propeller. She spends the summers leading teams of undergraduate technicians, in ideal and sometimes less than ideal conditions, on field sampling expeditions ranging from conducting population assessments of fish and macroinvertebrates in the tributaries of the Wabash River to tracking Asian carp from Logansport to Covington, Indiana and everything in-between. She also coordinates and co-instructs the Marine Biology Practicum Course that occurs before classes start every year in August. In the winter, she teaches undergraduates different processing techniques as well as analyzing the data collected during field season. In the spring, she is catching up on current literature as well as preparing for the upcoming summer field season.
Additionally, Megan is involved in several outreach events in the community where they demonstrate fish and macro invertebrate sampling techniques to different age groups as well explain to them the importance of biodiversity and stream ecosystem health to ecosystem services. For the department, she serves on the Diversity Action Team in Agriculture (DATA) committee and within that committee she serves on the Unsung Hero Award Committee which recognizes those within the College of Agriculture for supporting and promoting diversity but have not been formally recognized for their efforts. Megan is also the project leader for The Familiar Faces Project (TFFP), a program designed to increase the interest in natural resource science careers by bridging the gap between underrepresented minority youth communities and professionals in the field that look like them.