June Shrestha

June Shrestha


June Shrestha

June joined the Ichthyology Lab in Fall 2015. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, June fell in love with the dynamic interactions in kelp forests and decided to attend MLML in order to explore fundamental questions in kelp forest community ecology.

What do I do at MLML?

For my thesis, I will be looking at fish pee! To put it bluntly, everyone pees. Fish do too. In fish excrement, nitrogen and phosphorous are released into the ocean. I’m taking an interdisciplinary, ecological approach to elucidate 1) how fish-derived nutrients cycle through nearshore temperate marine systems and 2) how human activities—such as fishing and subsequent establishment of marine reserves—affect this critical biogeochemical cycle.

For paid work, I'm a TA for Marine Ichthyology and I also lead tours of our main facility to visiting community groups. In the past, I've worked as a video analyst in Rick Starr’s Fisheries and Conservation Biology Lab where I analyzed deep sea video data from Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) to understand the effects of the RCA on local fish populations. During my time at MLML, I've volunteered as Open House Co-Chair for our annual outreach event, and write for the student-run MLML blog. Outside of the labs, I can usually be found playing music, SCUBA diving, and cuddling cats. 

To learn more about me, check out my student page on the MLML blog or feel free to email me at jshrestha@mlml.calstate.edu.

What did I do before starting at MLML?

  • (2014 – 2015) Research Assistant Volunteer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (HIMBFranklin Lab)
  • (2014) Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Volunteer (Tree Foundation India)
  • (2013) Fisheries Field & Lab Research Technician at Virginia Tech (Frimpong Lab)
  • (2013) Graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and minor in Music
  • (2012) Study Abroad in Ecuador/ Galapagos Islands (USFQ/GAIAS)
  • (2011): Social Entrepreneur Intern in Nepal (ChangeFusion Nepal)
  • (2011) NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Fellowship in Aquatic Sciences
  • (2010) Husbandry Intern at the National Aquarium in Washington D.C.

June's CV