Finding a home in science

Homeless teen finds fame, refuge in marine biology research

By Catherine M. Cooney, 14:43 PM March 5, 2012

Most people think about mussels only when considering whether to order them from a menu. But for Samantha Garvey, an 18-year-old high school senior from Brentwood, N.Y., studying mussels in their marine habitat is a passion. And it turns out her excitement about science is her lucky charm.

In 2011, Garvey studied how mussels living in Long Island Sound’s salt marshes protect themselves from predatory crabs. In January, this research won Garvey — at the time homeless — a semifinalist spot ...

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