Amanda Alker has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship opportunity at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. Her project with Rachel Parsons will focus on antibiotic resistance in bacteria by the Seabright sewage outfall. This ecologically important project is funded in part by the Bermudian government. The twelve week internship will start August 30th. In January Amanda will return to FAU's Honors college and her work in the Coral Reef Health and Ecology Lab at Harbor Branch. Congratulations Amanda and good luck in Bermuda!
Masters student Courtney Klepac has received a Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence from FAU. This scholarship award will support Courtney's travel to the University of Texas and next generation sequencing analysis in her thesis research on coral’s algal symbionts at the St. Lucie Reef. Congratulations Courtney!
Ph.D. student Mike Studivan and Master's student Courtney Klepac recently attended the Art of Gene Expression Analysis (AGEA) workshop at Mote TRL on Summerland Key, led by Dr. Mikhail Matz and Carly Kenkel from UT Austin. At the workshop, the duo extracted mRNA from Porites astreoides for gene expression profiling using RNASeq and qPCR. The workshop was attended by participants from six countries and included protocol development, sample analysis, networking, and fun adventures.