Alyssa Gehman was a 2013-2015 Wormsloe Fellow. Alyssa received her PhD from the Odum School of Ecology under mentorship of Dr. Jeb Byers and studied an invasive barnacle that parasitizes mud crabs. Alyssa found her first love of the ocean while growing up in Seattle, Washington. Alyssa graduated with a B.A. in biology at Colorado College in 2005 and went on to receive a M.S. in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University in 2008. She spent two years working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a research technician and lab manager before moving to Georgia to pursue a PhD.