On the ninth day of STEMmas… Merritt Moore

Our ninth noteworthy woman in STEM is Merritt Moore, quantum physicist and professional ballet dancer.

Merritt is studying for a PhD in quantum optics, specifically the quantum entanglement of large numbers of photons. She has danced as a member of the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet and London Contemporary Ballet Theatre, and recently starred on BBC’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?

Twitter: @PhysicsonPointe

On the eighth day of STEMmas… Amber Yutzy

Our eighth awesome woman in STEM is Amber Yutzy, a dairy educator who teaches best milking practices.

Amber’s work focuses on “improving dairy management techniques to help make dairy producers more profitable and productive. She is interested in herd health, reproductive efficiency, and milk quality/udder health.” In 2014, she led a workshop “featuring tools for evaluating milk quality” and best milking practices at the Women in Dairy Conference.

On the seventh day of STEMmas… Dawn Balmer

Our seventh splendid woman in STEM is Dawn Balmer, who discovered that black swans really aren’t as rare as we think they are.

Dawn runs several large-scale bird surveys, including the Wetland Bird Survey, Breeding Bird Survey, BirdTrack, Waterways Breeding Bird Survey and Heronries Census, and has a “long-term interest in migration and movements of birds and population dynamics”. She was the co-ordinator for the Bird Altas 2007–11, the “most in-depth survey of the breeding and distribution of Britain’s birds ever carried out”, which discovered that there are at least 37 pairs, and maybe as many as 111 pairs, of black swans breeding in the wild in the UK.

Twitter: @debalmer

On the sixth day of STEMmas… Anne Harrison

Anne Harrison

Our sixth superb woman in STEM is Anne Harrison, who works on wetland conservation, including saving rare geese.

Anne is a “conservation ecologist with an interest in the function and biodiversity of wetlands, in particular how wetlands can provide multiple benefits to society, from water quality improvements and flood attenuation to human health and wellbeing. Recent work involves assessing the treatment efficiency of  WWT’s wetland treatment systems through interrogation of long-term water quality data.” Anne’s current projects include saving the Greenland White-fronted Goose, and the conservation of the wintering grounds of the globally threatened Red-breasted Goose.