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

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

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