Megan graduated from the University of Maine in 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Marine Science. After graduating, she became a NEFOP fisheries observer and went on to get her At Sea Monitor, high-volume, pot and trap, and longline certifications. During this time, she was awarded the Silver Scales Award for outstanding data collection. Megan joined the Protected Species Gear Research team in November 2021 and is currently working with fishermen to test and evaluate different types of ropeless gear to reduce the bycatch of protected species and ensure the profitability of the local fishing industry. She also aids in maintaining the Gear Lending Library, which houses dozens of ropeless systems from different manufacturers, for permitted fishermen and researchers to borrow and test ropeless gear. Megan is also pursuing her master’s degree, studying conservation of marine predators, through Unity College. In her free time, Megan enjoys scuba diving, drawing, and being with all of her many animals.