Erin Spencer '14

Erin Spencer '14
  • Hometown: Hereford, MD
  • Major(s): Ecology & Marine Science
  • Young Explorer Grantee at National Geographic

About Erin Spencer '14

Hey all! My name is Erin and I’m from a very small town north of Baltimore, Maryland. I studied Marine Science and hope to specialize in reef conservation and restoration (what other career pays you to wear shorts to work and scuba dive every day?). I spend most of my time researching an invasive species of fish called lionfish, and recently studied local reactions to lionfish in Florida thanks to a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic.

On campus, I was involved with a number of alumni relations groups, including the Development Ambassadors and the Student Alumni Council. I also interned in the Admission Office and was a DC Summer Institute Fellow. When I wasn't in the lab or riding my horse, King, you would find me lounging on the Terrace or with my friends down by Lake Matoaka.

My time at W&M was better than I ever could have imagined. From spontaneous adventures (like late night football in the pouring rain), to deep heart-to-hearts with my hallmates, I had so many memorable experiences.

Posts by Erin Spencer '14

In Defense of Being Alone

For the next month, I’ll be studying invasive species management in Fiji on a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Follow along with the journey. I

Welcome to Fiji

For the next month, I’ll be studying invasive species management in Fiji on a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. Follow along with the journey at

Advice from a (somewhat) recent graduate

The first time I felt old, like really old, was when I met about twenty William & Mary students on the steps of the

What I learned from rejection

I had my first big rejection last week. I mean big. The crushing, leaves you speechless type of rejection. In February, I submitted a

Dear Class of 2014

Think of your greatest fear. Maybe it’s something tangible, like spiders or snakes. Maybe you’re afraid of the dark or of losing a loved

What I want to be when I grow up.

There are three questions every college senior gets asked. You’re a senior?! How does it feel? Do you know what you’re doing in May?

This could change your life.

Have you ever faced a moment that might change your life? Do you remember the feeling? It’s a lot of nervous anticipation combined with

Reflections of a Senior

I was on the phone with my advisor yesterday talking about my upcoming honors project. Somehow the conversation turned to the incoming freshmen and

4 Things that Can only Happen in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are in a world of their own. When you leave the Florida mainland and venture south into Key Largo, you cross