Katie Griswold is working on a project with STRI staff scientist Aaron O’dea and Chien-Hsiang Lin, a visiting researcher, to use otolith assemblages to investigate the life histories of holocene reef fish. Through the study of otoliths assemblages, we contribute information to what coral reefs were like in a time before human influence. This information can be compared to present reefs and can shape our ideas about ecosystem conservation. I graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in marine science and biology, then spent a year as an Americorps after-school educator before I joined STRI as a research assistant. My personal interests lie at the intersection of research and community-driven conservation.