Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer 2012 Interns: Post #2

As the summer marches on, more interns arrive to begin their work and research at BIOS. Continuing on from the first blog post that highlighted a few of these recent arrivals, we’d like to introduce you to another group of BIOS summer interns.  Please help us extend a warm welcome to:

Christie Halliday, 19, is a Bermuda Program intern in the Coral Reef Ecology and Optics Lab.  Originally from Devonshire, she will be starting her sophomore year at the University of Plymouth (England) this fall where she is studying environmental science.  She was a Bermuda Program intern at BIOS last summer and liked her experience so much that she returned to work on a research project with Dr. Eric Hochberg using historical satellite imagery to identify changes in Bermuda’s reefs over the past few decades.  In addition to her marine and environment interests, Christie likes running and spending time outdoors.

Chloe Ready, 21, is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University where she received a B.S. in Marine Biology.  Originally from Ottowa, ONT., Canada, she plans to pursue her M.S. in Marine Biology at university in England beginning later this year.  She will be spending the summer working with Dr. Eric Hochberg in the Coral Reef Ecology and Optics Lab investigating whether pan fluorometry can detect the impact of stressors on corals.  Chloe chose to do an internship with BIOS because of the CABIOS program, which provides scholarships for Canadian students to visit BIOS, noting that BIOS internship opportunities are well-promoted at Dalhousie.  When not studying, she enjoys SCUBA diving, horseback riding, and reading.

Clare Gallagher, 20, is a rising junior at Princeton where she is studying ecology and evolutionary biology with a minor in environmental studies.  She’s interning with Dr. Samantha De Putron in the Ocean Acidification Lab studying the effects of varying pCO2 levels on Porites asteroides harvested from nearshore and offshore reef locations.  Clare wanted to intern at BIOS to explore the extremely exciting side of scientific research that takes place below the ocean’s surface.  Originally from Denver, Colorado, her other interests include running cross country and track for Princeton, gardening, and hoola hooping to alternative indie music.

Joshua Bocarsly, 19, is a rising sophomore at Princeton where he is studying Chemistry.  This summer he’s working with Natasha McDonald, Research Specialist with the Bermuda Bio-Optic Program (BBOP), and Dr. Andrew Peters, Associate Research Scientist with the Environmental Quality Program, looking at chromophoric organic matter in the air and water.  Joshua chose to do a summer internship at BIOS because he was attracted to the prospect of doing research internationally and saw this as a great opportunity to explore the field of ocean chemistry.  In addition to his studies, he is a freelance graphic designer, produces electronic music, and plays ultimate Frisbee.

Stay tuned for the next post about BIOS summer interns...coming soon!

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