Jess Myers, raised in landlocked West Grove, PA, is working on her master's degree in Coastal & Marine System Science at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She completed her undergraduate degree in Marine Science and a Sustainability Certificate at Coastal Carolina University. Jess spends her time in and out of the lab investigating plastic pollution. Her current project focuses on mercury concentrations on beach plastics and within fish tissues found near an EPA mercury Superfund Site in Matagorda Bay, TX. Jess is driven to apply her research and science communication to advance public scientific literacy and incite policy changes that reflect current scientific knowledge.