Erin M. Symonds is a postdoctoral researcher, co-advised by Dr. Mya Breitbart and Dr. Valerie J. Harwood. She is currently working on the US National Science Foundation funded, MERA Investigation. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida in 2016 and was supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellowship (2011-2014) as well as the USF William & Elsie Knight Fellowship (2014-2016). Much of her research involves wastewater-related viruses, specifically the pepper mild mottle virus, and the use of these viruses to identify fecal pollution in the environment as well as to assess the pathogen removal efficiency of wastewater treatment systems. She joins the global community dedicated to the conservation of environmental and human health through scientific investigations, outreach, and education.