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2017 REU Student Cohort

Talon Arbuckle

Talon Arbuckle

Home Campus: Northwest Indian College

Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Nate Jue

Project: The first de novo genome assembly of the hemiclonal live bearing Poeciliid fish, Poeciliopsis monacha

Olivia Arredondo

Olivia Arredondo

Home Campus: Hartnell Community College

Research Facility: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Rikke Jeppesen

Project: Ecotone plant community zonation and salinity tolerance at Hester Marsh, Elkhorn Slough

Isaac Arseneau

Isaac Arseneau

Home Campus: Valparaiso University

Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School

Research Mentor(s): Wendell Nuss

Project: A case study of four atmospheric river events over the Pacific west coast of the United States

Victoria Asaad

Victoria Asaad

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Ken Smith and Dr. Chrissy Huffard

Project: Tergivelum baldwinae, a benthic acorn worm's behavior in relation to structure and food supply

Madison Bashford

Madison Bashford

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Nick Carey

Project: Temperature effects on swimming kinematics of foraging behavior in the Northern Anchovy, Engraulis mordax

Daniel De Leon

Daniel De Leon

Home Campus: Cabrillo College

Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Research Mentor(s): Dr. John Ryne and Danelle Cline

Project: Passive acoustic monitoring of blue and fin whale species through machine learning

Brett McKim

Brett McKim

Home Campus: University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Jeff Paduan

Project: Relationship between biological variables and surface water origins in Monterey Bay, CA based on water-trajectory analysis

Emily Pope

Emily Pope

Home Campus: Nova Southeastern University

Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Mentor(s): Dr. John Goeltz

Project: Dependence of boric acid equilibria on hydroxide ions or hydrogen ions and its application to ocean acidification

Lucas Principe

Lucas Principe

Home Campus: Northeastern University

Research Facility: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Rikke Jeppesen and Dr. Kerstin Wasson

Project: Animal use of salt marsh habitat at Elkhorn Slough: Investigating crab, insect and small mammal community abundance and distribution in an estuarine ecosystem

Veronica Rodriguez-Jurado

Veronica Rodriguez-Jurado

Home Institution: University of Maryland

Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Steve Palumbi and Beth Sheets

Project: Effects of shark-fin processing level on barcoding success rate

Ashaar Sanchez

Ash Sanchez

Home Campus: Rutgers State University

Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Monique Messie and Dr. Francisco Chavez

Project: Environmental factors influencing zooplankton diel vertical migration in Monterey Bay, California

Marisa Thompson

Marisa Thompson

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Scott Hamelton and June Shrestha

Project: Effect of feeding time on nutrient excretion rate by Gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus)

Grant Voirol

Grant Voirol

Home Campus: University of Miami

Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Gitte McDonald and Stephanie Schneider

Project: Do non-breeding Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) huddle during the long foraging migration?

2016 REU Student Cohort

Miranda collecting water samples by kayak

Miranda Baker

Home Campus: Haverford College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Tom Connolly and Dr. Kim Null

Project: Effects of Tidal Management on Salinity and Nutrient Concentrations in a Low-Flow Estuary

Miranda's REU Symposium Talk

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Bryce Corbett

Home Campus: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Francisco Chavez

Project: Exploring eDNA methodologies as a way to detect relationship between Anchovies and Krill in Monterey Bay Canyon

Bryce's REU Symposium Talk

Aaron at the molecular bench

Aaron Cristan

Home Campus: Del Mar College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. G. Jason Smith

Project: Marine Algal Parasite Hunting: Oomycete and Chytrids Detection in Marine Environments, Classification and Sequencing

Aaron's REU Symposium Talk

Darimar collecting samples in the intertidal

Darimar Davila

Home Campus: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Corey Garza and Dan Orr

Project: How species diversity is influenced by landscape characteristics in rocky intertidal communities at multiple scales

Darimar's REU Symposium Talk

Jay and his mentor Tim Stanton and labmate Emily

Jay Lowe

Home Campus: CSU Monterey Bay

REU Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Tim Stanton

Project: Turbulent Transfer of Heat and Salt in Weak Ocean Density Layers

Jay's REU Symposium Talk

Melia collecting diatom samples at Moss Landing

Melia Paguirigan

Home Campus: The Evergreen State College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Colleen Durkin

Project: Influence of diatom morphology and community composition on aggregation in Monterey Bay, California

Melia's REU Symposium Talk

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Mackenzie Peck

Home Campus: Millikin University

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Cheryl Logan and Kirsten Boyer

Project: Maternal effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia on metabolic performance in larval brown rockfish, Sebastes auriculatus

Mackenzie's REU Symposium Talk

Emily Peterson working on satellite data analysis

Emily Peterson

Home Campus: University of Portland

REU Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Tim Stanton

Project: Comparing the Accuracy of AMSRE, AMSR2, SSMI and SSMIS Satellite Radiometer Ice Concentration Products with One-Meter Resolution Visible Imagery in the Arctic

Emily's REU Symposium Talk

Lance presenting his research talk at the final symposium

Lance Rodriguez

Home Campus: Fresno City College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Ivano Aiello and Tyler Barnes

Project: Beach recovery in southern Monterey Bay during summer 2016

Lance's REU Symposium Talk

Aileen showing off her tanks of abalone

Aileen San

Home Campus: CSU Monterey Bay

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Charles Boch

Project: Carry-over effects of fertilization in stressful conditions on red abalone, Haliotis rufescens, larval development

Aileen's REU Symposium Talk

Aaron driving an ROV aboard a research ship

Aaron Updike

Home Campus: Valparaiso University

REU Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Wendell Nuss

Project: Characterizing and predicting along-coast and diurnal marine stratus variability on the U.S. West Coast

Aaron's REU Symposium Talk

2015 REU Student Cohort

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Kirby Bartlett

Home Campus: Cabrillo Community College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Diana Steller, Angela Zepp (graduate student)

Project: Comparison of pH concentrations within regions of the thallus in Desmarestia ligulata in relation to urchin grazing preferences

Kirby's REU symposium talk

Kirby's 2015 Western Society of Naturalists Conference Poster

Chelsea Burgess

Chelsea Burgess

Home Campus: Haskell Indian Nations University

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Corey Garza, Dr. Michael Navarro (post-doctoral fellow)

Project: Novel Bat Star, Patiria miniata, Habitat Associations

Chelsea's REU Symposium Talk

Chelsea's 2015 SACNAS Conference Poster

Robert Chavez working in research lab

Robert Chavez

Home Campus: Hartnell College

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Brett Hobson

Project: A Method for Accurate Ballasting of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Robert's REU symposium talk

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Enrika espiritu

Home Campus: University of Guam

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Alison Haupt

Project: The Correlation Between Anthropogenic Factors: Fishing and Pollution, with Kelp Biomass Along the Coast of California

Enrika's REU symposium talk

Enrika's 2015 Western Society of Naturalists Conference Poster

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Colleen Flynn

Home Campus: College of William and Mary

REU Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Mark Denny, Diana LaScala-Gruenewald (graduate student)

Project: The effects of food distribution on the homing behavior of the limpet Lottia scabra

Colleen's REU symposium talk

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Katherine Gregory

Home Campus: Stony Brook University

REU Research Facility: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Kirsten Wasson, Dr. Rikke Jeppesen

Project: Spatial and temporal variation in crab communities across an estuarine gradient

Katie's REU Symposium Talk

Katie's 2015 Western Society of Naturalists Conference Poster

Madison and her mentor at MBARI, Dr. Jim Barry

Madison and her mentor at MBARI, Dr. Jim Barry

Madison Heard

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Jim Barry, Dr. Charlie Boch (post-doctoral fellow)

Project: Effects of Multiple Climate Change-Related Stressors on Larval Development of the Red Abalone, Haliotis rufescens

Article Featuring Madison's REU Research

Madison's REU symposium talk

Madison's 2015 SACNAS Conference Poster

Shots from student lab at Hopkins

Alia Hidayat

Home Campus: University of Washington

REU Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Chris Lowe, Dr. Paul Minor (post-doctoral fellow)

Project: Conserved hox gene expression during larval stagesin the bat star, Patiria miniata

Alia's REU symposium talk

Alia's 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) poster – Winner Outstanding Student Poster Award

Alia's 2016 Society for Integrative Biology conference poster

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Mechelle Johnson

Home Campus: Kirkwood Community College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Kenneth Coale, Holly Chiswell, Alex Olsen (graduate students).

Project: Dimethylmercury: A Source of Monomethylmercury in Fog

Mechelle's REU Symposium Talk

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Paris Smalls

Home Campus: University of South Carolina

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Charlie Paull

Project: Benthic gouge marks in the Canadian Beaufort Sea: Associations between whales and methane seeps?

Paris's REU symposium talk

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Catrin Wendt

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Research Facility: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Kirsten Wasson, Dr. Rikke Jeppesen

Project: European green crab distribution as an effect of water quality in an estuarine environment

Catrin's REU Symposium Talk

Catrin's Western Society of Naturalists 2015 conference abstract

Catrin's Western Society of Naturalists 2015 conference talk

2014 REU Student Cohort

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Taylor Eddy

Home Campus: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Jim Harvey

Project: Distributional changes of Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) within feeding grounds off California

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Dale Garcia

Home Campus: Hartnell College

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Steve Moore

Project: Underwater laser “tripwire” for detecting marine life

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Mary Colleen Hannon

Home Campus: Humboldt State University

REU Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Kakani Young

Project: Jet-propelled swimming by siphonophores, a colonial gelatinous zooplankton

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Kayleigh Kavanagh

Home Campus: Beloit College

REU Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Ivano Aiello

Project: Measuring the impacts of longshore transport on Monterey Bay beach morphology through terrestrial LiDAR

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Anika knight

Home Campus: Medaille College

REU Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Giulio DeLeo

Project: Schistosomiasis outbreaks and their spatial relationship with dams and prawns of the genus Macrobrachium in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Zena Jensvold

Home Campus: The University of Oregon

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Alexandra Worden

Project: Physiological response of Ostreococcus to nutrient depletion

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Jesse Lafian

Home Campus: Tompkins Cortland Community College

REU Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Francisco Chavez

Project: Biological processes drive diel pH signals near shore

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Bryce Melzer

Home Campus: University of South Carolina

REU Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Peter Chu

Project: Methodology comparison on determination of global ocean mixed layer depth from temperature profiles

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Danielle Perry

Home Campus: University of New Haven

REU Research Facility: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Kerstin Wasson

Project: Macroalgal blooms over time and the effects of wrack on salt marsh in Elkhorn Slough Estuary

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Victor Tapia

Home Campus: Santa Clara University

REU Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

REU Mentor(s): Dr. Jeffrey Paduan

Project: Analysis of Circulation Patterns in the Monterey Bay Region from High Frequency (HF) Radar

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Lisa Yamamoto

Home Campus: Linfield College

REU Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

REU Mentor(s): Dr. James Lindholm

Project: Distribution of structure-forming invertebrates in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary