Summer Research Symposium

On August 11, 2017, the 4th Annual CSUMB Summer Research Symposium will celebrate the research and creative activities of the undergraduate students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC), Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Sciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Internship Program. With almost 100 student researchers working with numerous research institutions in the Monterey Bay area, there is certainly a lot to celebrate!

Event details:

Date & Time: Friday, August 11, 2017, 8:30–4:00 pm.

Location & Link to Map: Tanimura & Antle Library building (map here)

Please RSVP by Tuesday August 8th


  • 8:30 - 9:00
  • 9:00 - 9:15
  • 9:15 - 10:30
  • 10:30 - 10:45
  • 10:45 - 12:30
  • 12:30 - 1:15
  • 1:15 - 2:15
  • 2:15 - 2:30
  • .
  • 2:30 - 4:00
  • Registration & Coffee
  • Opening Remarks
  • Oral Presentations - Session 1: REU
  • BREAK, 15 mins
  • Oral Presentations - Session 2: REU, Session 3: UROC
  • LUNCH, 45 mins
  • Oral Presentations​ -​ ​Session 4: NPS
  • Mentor Appreciation, Acknowledgements, & Closing Remarks by CSUMB Provost Dr. Bonnie Irwin and NPS Provost Dr. Steven R. Lerman
  • Poster Presentations - UROC, NPS, and Hartnell STEM Interns

Expand each section below for a detailed schedule of each oral presentation Session.

Session 1: REU

Location: Room 1188

Time Presenter
9:15 Talon Arbuckle, The first de novo genome assembly of the hemiclonal live bearing Poecillid fish, Peociliopsis monacha
9:30 Olivia Arredondo, Ecotone plant community zonation and salinity tolerance at Hester Marsh, Elkhorn Slough
9:45 Victoria Assad, Tergivelum baldwinae: A benthic acorn worm's behavior in relation to structure and food supply 
10:00 Emily Pope, Dependence of boric acid equilibria on hydroxide ions or hydrogen ions and its application to ocean acidification
10:15 Brett McKim, Relationships between variables and surface water origins in Monterey Bay, CA based on water-trajectory analysis

Session 2: REU

Location: Room 1188

Time Presenter
10:45 Grant Voirol, Do non-breeding Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) huddle during the long foraging migration?
11:00 Ashaar Sanchez, Environmental factors influencing zooplankton diel vertical migration in Monterey Bay, California
11:15 Daniel De Leon, Passive acoustic monitoring of blue and fin whale species through machine learning 
11:30 Marisa Thompson, Effect of feeding time on nutrient excreation rate by Gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus)
11:45 Veronica Rodriguez-Jurado, Effects of shark-fin processing level on barcoding success rate
12:00 Lucas Principe, Animal use of salt marsh habitat at Elkhorn Slough: Investigating crab, insects and small mammal community abundance and distribution in an estuarine ecosystem 
12:15 Isaac Arseneau, A case study of four atmospheric river events over the Pacific west coast of the United States
12:30 Madison Bashford, Temperature effects on swimming kinematics of foraging behavior in the northern anchovy, Engraulis mordax

Session 3: UROC

Location: Room 1180

Time Presenter
10:45 Parker Smith, The role of hydroxide in the pH sensing mechanism of iridium oxide electrodes
11:00 Rosalinda Vizina, Comparison of the ecological communities that reside in high lichen vs. low lichen oak woodlands
11:15 Flor Gomez, Cultural symbiosis: Examining the social and cultural impacts of study abroad programs in Mastatal, Costa Rica
11:30 Emily Smith, Two individuals, one urn burial from La Real, Peru
11:45 Blake Hansen, Novel reconstruction of HER2 positive breast cancer metabolism using gene expression data
12:00 Julia Barnett, Sexual well-being: Sex education & sexual morality
12:15 Alex Jensen, Tracing moral injury in US wars and implications for modern day military chaplaincy
12:30 Jay Lowe, Iterated turbidity sensor

Session 4: NPS

Location: Room 1188

Time Presenter
1:15 Carson Vogt, Virtual reality for immersive swarm viewing 
1:30 Quinn Halpin, Lexical link analysis (LLA) data visualizations
1:45 Alfred Yoon, Modified Captive Drop Goniometer
2:00 Amanda Coleman, Analysis of airborne full-waveform topographic LiDAR of the Monterey Peninsula 
REU student presenting a poster
UROC students at Year End Celebration
UROC student Jordan working on a computer
UROC student working underwater

Every year, we encourage all interested campus, research and community partners to attend, as well as friends and family of our students.

Learn more about what our students do!

REU Weekly Stories
Summer research workshop, students playing an ice-breaking game
REU student working in a research lab
REU students learning basic GIS skills during a summer workshop