Ms. Gemma Pennucci works with Dr. Linda Deegan on the Coonamessett River herring project which monitors the migration of river herring to gauge the success of restoration along the waterway. Her past experience includes reducing the water chestnut population in the Mystic River in Medford, MA and tree and trail maintenance with Wildlife Conservation in Freeport, ME. She is motivated by a desire to address the world’s climate challenges while bringing awareness of ecological issues to the general public.
Ms. Pennucci is passionate about marine science and wants to work to protect the beaches, forests, and wetlands that have shaped her as a person and that support so many diverse species. She also wants to incorporate environmental justice into her work to not only understand and protect wildlife but also change the mindset of people. She will graduate from Mount Holyoke College in 2022 with a B.S. in Biology. When not monitoring herring in the Coonamessett River, she can be found searching for crabs at low tide on trips to the beach.