Anna Klompen

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Anna is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. Her research focus is the diversification and evolution of venoms in the Phylum Cnidaria which includes jellyfish, sea anemones, corals, box jellyfish, and Hydra. The goal of the project is to understand how the evolution of venoms in jellyfish has influenced their various ecological roles within the marine environment, both as predators and as prey. Anna enjoys sharing her work with the KU and Lawrence Community, including the numerous outreach efforts through the Graduate Student Organization with Girl Scouts and more national efforts such as Skype a Scientist. She feels SEARCH is an incredible effort to connect graduate students with various career opportunities they may not have been aware of. STEM fields expand to a wide range of professions, and it is valuable both to expose the variety of fields and disciplines that previous STEM graduates work in as well as the diversity of career paths taken to reach these positions. 


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