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2019 REU Student Cohort

Rebecca Alisandratos
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Rebecca Alisandratos

Home Campus: Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College

Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Labs

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Gitte McDonald

Project: The Effects of Dive Behavior on the Heart Rates of Northern Elephant Seals

Nicholas Anaya-Licea
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Nicholas Anaya-Licea

Home Campus: California State University Dominguez Hills

Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Chris Lowe

Project: The organization of the nervous system in a Hemichordate species, Saccoglossus kowalevskii.

Morganne Borsh
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Morganne Borsh

Home Campus: University of Northern Iowa

Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Mentors(s): Dr. Alison Haupt

Project: Implications of purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) population dynamics on giant kelp forests in Southern California.

Samantha Champ
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Samantha Champ

Home Campus: Monterey Peninsula College

Research Facility: California State University, Monterey Bay

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Arlene Haffa

Project: Testing for Water and Sediment Contamination in the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Watershed for Select Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Lucero Dorantes
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Lucero Dorantes

Home Campus: Cornell University

Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Jamie MacMahan

Project: Wave Energy Reflection at a Rocky Coast.

Ciara Dorsay
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Ciara Dorsay

Home Campus: University of California Berkeley

Research Facility: Naval Postgraduate School

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Tom Murphree

Project: Predicting Wildfire Favorable Conditions in California at Sub Seasonal Lead Times Using Remote Predictors.

Cindy Matuch
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Cindy Matuch

Home Campus: Orange Coast College

Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Crowder

Project: Life history patterns and spatio-temporal shifts in the diets of albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) from a global literature analysis.

Kelsey Nichols
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Kelsey Nichols

Home Campus: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Jim Barry & Dr. Steve Litvin

Project: The effect of predator presence and environmental conditions on the metabolic rate of red abalone, Haliotis Rufescens.

Hayden Smith
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Hayden Smith

Home Campus: Southwestern University

Research Facility: Hopkins Marine Station

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen

Project: The Physics of Whale Movement: Drag and Thrust Calculations to Measure Whale Efficiency

Norman Sween
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Norman Sween

Home Campus: Santa Rosa Junior College

Research Facility: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Ken Smith & Dr. Crissy Huffard

Project: Munidopsis Density Relating to Particulate Organic Carbon Flux Events between Time Periods [1989-2010] to [2011-2017].

Cami Wilson
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Cami Wilson

Home Campus: University of South Florida

Research Facility: Moss Landing Marine Labs

Research Mentor(s): Dr. Holly Bowers

Project: Detection of Harmful Algal Bloom Species On Site Through Optimal DNA Extraction Methodology Coupled with qPCR.

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