Kiersten Newtoff successfully defended her thesis, "Spatial variability in mercury exposure and diet in brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidenatalis) in North Carolina." She will be graduating from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She has secured an internship with NASA, using GIS techniques to study the effects of forest changes in New England to long-term bird survey data. As an undergraduate of RU, Kiersten was very active in the Honors Academy, and worked in the labs of Drs. Small and Powers.