Ashley Norton is pursuing her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in marine science, and went on to get an M.S. in geology from the University of Delaware. During her master’s, she worked on the ongoing seafloor mapping project at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), which uses a phase-measuring bathymetric sonar to map the nearshore areas of Outer Cape Cod. Some of these data were used to complete her thesis at the University of Delaware, which focused on mapping eelgrass and bedforms in Cape Cod Bay. Ashley’s research here at CCOM/JHC focuses on developing acoustic methods for discerning and describing eelgrass beds in Great Bay.