Zachary May

Graduate Research Assistant

Zachary joined GMRI in the summer of 2020. He is pursuing his Ph.D. from the University of Maine, Orono in Marine Biology, working on fisheries management strategies and ecosystem food web changes using environmental DNA (eDNA) with Dr. Graham Sherwood (GMRI) and Dr. Rachel Lasley-Rasher (USM).

His experiences prior to GMRI include a Bachelor of Science from the University of New England in Biddeford in Marine Biology (2012), leading to his passion for fisheries and conservation. From Maine, he traveled to Alaska to be a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Observer Program through the National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS). After time in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, he was fortunate enough to have traveled to Costa Rica and Belize to work with a sea turtle rehabilitation and hatchery and a primate and manatee care facility respectively. Upon his return from Central America, he rejoined the Observer Program in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Atlantic until deciding to head back into academia. Zachary received his Master of Science from St. Cloud State University, MN, in Ecology and Natural Resources (2019), studying the evolution of deep-sea fishes. He enjoys spending his free time with his puppy Roger exploring the beaches and mountains throughout the state.