In Progress - Ph.D. in Environmental Science
Baylor University, TX, US
2018 - B.S. in Biology (minors in Chemistry and Psychological Sciences)
Penn State Behrend, PA, US
Megan E. Solan
office: BSB A488R
Megan joined the Lavado lab in August of 2019 after completing her B.S. degree. Her undergraduate research involved toxicity testing of "eco-friendly" de-icing alternatives using the aquatic invertebrates and exploring the context dependency toxicity of hydrolyzing ammonium from urea-based de-icing formulations. In the future, Megan hopes to develop methodology towards establishing the use of lethal activity 50s (LA50s) in environmental toxicology and risk assessment in place of lethal concentration 50s (LC50s) to encapsulate toxicity involving multiple abiotic factors in an aquatic ecosystem.
In the past, Megan has received the 2018 Penn State Behrend Undergraduate Research Grant and two travel awards to attend regional and national research scientific conferences. Megan has also obtained 3rd place for the Best Student Poster Presentation at the HDC-SETAC Spring Annual Meeting in April 2018 and 1st place for the Best Student Poster Presentation at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting in November 2018.
Megan is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania and has a strong interest in freshwater ecosystems after growing up on Lake Erie. Megan hopes to continue pursuing aquatic toxicology in an effort to work towards the conservation and preservation of freshwater species.