About Us

Meet the team behind the Reduce Single-Use Project at Eckerd:

Dr. Amy Siuda, Associate Professor of Marine Science

Dr. Amy Siuda earned her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the University of Connecticut. She specializes in a variety of aspects within the marine plankton ecology field.


Dr. Shannon Gowans, Professor of Marine Science and Biology

Dr. Shannon Gowans earned her bachelor’s degree and her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University. She focuses mainly on the evolution of social organization in cetaceans. 


Professor Evan Bollier, Director of Sustainability

Professor Evan Bollier earned his Masters degree in Business Administration at University of South Florida, St Petersburg with a focus track in Management. Professor Bollier also serves as the Director of Sustainability for Eckerd College.


Student Interns:

Rachel Smith, Student Intern

Rachel is a senior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science with minors in Environmental Studies and Communication with particular interest in science communication. She helps plan and schedule social media posts and coordinate student volunteers. She joined the project to explore more sides of science communication and help advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment. 


Elizabeth Oliver, Student Intern

Elizabeth is a senior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science and Spanish minoring in chemistry. As an intern for this project, Elizabeth works to support student volunteers on campus, to assess project progress, and upkeep the Break Free from Plastic Pledge


Carly Harshbarger, Student Intern

Carly is a junior at Eckerd College majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in Marine Science and Spanish. She helps plan and coordinate social media for the Remora app. She joined the project to help spread awareness for single-use plastics and sustainability on Eckerd's campus and in the local St. Petersburg community. 

Madelyn Vashaw, Student Intern

Maddy is a junior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science and Economics. As an intern on this project, Maddy works to plan community and campus events involving outreach, tabling, and cleanups. Through this internship she aims to build a bridge of communication from scientific data to the policymakers and community members of St. Petersburg. 



Olivia Bowers, Student Intern

Olivia is a senior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is interested in conservation and restoration, specifically focusing on human impacts on the environment and marine animals. As an intern for this project, Olivia works to collect and analyze data, assess project progress, and coordinate campus events. 


Gabby Smith, Student Intern

Gabby is a junior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science with minors in Coastal Management and Italian. As an intern, she works to help find new events and community outreach opportunities. She joined the project to help spread awareness and gain experience with community outreach and science communication. 


Mary McReynolds, Student Intern

Mary is a junior majoring in Marine Science and Environmental Studies. As an intern for this project, she upkeeps the Break Free From Plastics Commitment, creates push notifications for the Remora app, and assists with other assignments. She joined this project because of her interest in science communication and passion for protecting the environment, and she is pursuing a career in conservation.  


Tom Covington, Student Intern

Tom Covington is a Senior at Eckerd College majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Spanish. He joined Remora because one of his main career goals is to educate people about ocean conservation and sustainability, and Remora offered a great opportunity to do just that! When he’s not helping to reduce single-use plastics, Tom enjoys the beach, writing, and ice cream. 


Past Interns:

Nicole Schaal '24, summer 2022- spring 2024

Skyler Paoli '24, fall 2020- spring 2024

Abby Baumgard '24, fall 2023- spring 2024

Jade Gilchrist-Brock '24, summer 2023- fall 2023

Kaitlyn Copland '24, summer 2023- fall 2023

Chloe McKenna '23, summer 2022- summer 2023

Makayla Doran '23, fall 2021- spring 2023

Carter Weinhofer '23, summer 2022

Renee Veldman '22, fall 2021- spring 2022

Angelina Kossoff '21, fall 2018- spring 2021

Trish Schrank '20, fall 2018- fall 2020

Contact Us: