Erin Spencer '14

Erin Spencer '14
  • Hometown: Hereford, MD
  • Major(s): Ecology & Marine Science

About Erin Spencer '14

Hey all! My name is Erin and I’m a senior here at William & Mary. I’m from a very small town north of Baltimore, Maryland, but I’m so happy to call this campus my second home! I’m studying 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 spent the last summer studying local reactions to lionfish in Florida thanks to a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic. This year, I’ll continue to study lionfish for my senior honors project.

On campus, I’m 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. If I’m not in the lab or riding my horse, King, you can probably find me lounging on the Terrace or with my friends down by Lake Matoaka.

So far, my time at W&M has been 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’ve had so many memorable experiences. I can’t wait to see what my senior year has in store!

Posts by Erin Spencer '14

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

The Night Dive

Follow along with The Lionfish Project on my project website, Facebook page, and Twitter, as well as the National Geographic Explorers Journal. I was lying face down on the

And so it begins

Follow The Lionfish Project on my website, facebook, and twitter.  It’s been eleven months since I first developed the basic idea for The Lionfish

The Young Explorer Grant

The month of January and February were particularly tough for me. After first starting my Lionfish Project proposal in August, I had finally turned