Sean Terrill attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied wildlife ecology and conservation. Terrill has always had an interest in the ocean, but it was not until the Fall of 2015, which took him to the Galapagos Islands for a 4-month semester abroad, that he realized; someday, he wanted to make a career out of marine science.
Terrill has studied amphibian communities in the Midwest, collected important data on grassland nesting birds across the state of Massachusetts, and helped protect federally endangered nesting shorebirds on Martha’s Vineyard, among other work. In that time he has also circumnavigated the world twice over, traveling to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Fiji, SCUBA diving and immersing himself in other cultures.
Terrill is now an M.S. candidate in the Marine Science and Technology program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, under Dr. Mark Borrelli and Dr. Agnes Mittermayr. He is studying how benthic invertebrate communities are affected by disturbance (hydraulic clamming) and their evolution of recovery post-disturbance.