Jill Thompson-Grim is a Master’s student in the marine biology program and is working at the Harte Research Institute's Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation. Jill grew up in the Houston area, and has always had an interest in understanding what happens under the ocean’s surface. Jill began her path of discovering more about the ocean when she started as an undergraduate marine biology student at Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2014.
During her time as an undergraduate, Jill was exposed to fisheries science through organizations including Texas Parks and Wildlife Artificial Reef Program and NOAA. As an undergraduate research scholar, Jill conducted research that focused on detecting and quantifying the relative abundance of Lionfish using the environmental DNA shed into the water column. Now as a new Master’s student, Jill hopes to continue her education in Marine Biology while studying Red Snapper populations in the Gulf of Mexico.