LU Senior Reflection: Robyn Gray


I have had some amazing experiences going out in the field with multiple classes in biology. From field botany with Dr. Terry collecting, identifying, and pressing plants to hiking into the woods to understand the diversity within the Big Thicket in Dr. Pyne’s ecology class, it’s been an extraordinary experience. Most recently, I was able to immerse myself to learn how to sein and identify fishes in marine and freshwater areas in our region in Dr. Silvy’s ichthyology class. I am so thankful for these experiences which will help me as I pursue my career as a biologist.

As a graduate student, who continued their education at Lamar, I feel very lucky to have had the experiences and professors in the biology department. I am a little sad to be parting ways as the biology department has been my second home for the last 6 years. However, I know it is time to move on to bigger and better things. I will always look back at LU and think of my favorite memories such as seeing my friends, teaching A&P labs, going on field trips, and chatting with professors.

My parents both work full time and have sacrificed working extra hours and duties to help support me throughout college. They have both encouraged me and seen me through good and bad times in the struggles of being a graduate student. I am very thankful to have both of them in my life.

After graduation, I will be a wetland ecologist technician at the Environmental Institute of Houston (University of Houston Clear Lake). I will be traveling all over the state of Texas assessing our wetlands for the National Wetland Condition Assessment for 2021.