As always, the summer season has brought a group of new people to the Skidaway campus.
Alex Goranov is an intern in Aron Stubbins’s lab. He is majoring in chemistry at Ramapo College of New Jersey and plans on pursuing a career in teaching and researching chemical oceanography. His research interests are in instrumental analysis, biogeochemistry and the chemical ecology of plants and invertebrates. Alex has past research experiences in Australia and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In his free time he likes to travel (He has been to 40 countries.) and SCUBA dive.
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Emily Palmer is also interning in the Stubbins Lab. Emily grew up in Richmond Va. and now attends the University of South Carolina. She is a rising senior, majoring in marine science with an emphasis in biology. Emily would eventually like to conduct research on whales, but, she says, she is starting small. Currently at USC, she is researching zooplankton and their Redfield stoichiometry with different depths, size fractions, time of day and season. Her biggest hobby is SCUBA diving, and she is in the process of training to be a dive control specialist.
Max Liao is a grad student in the Stubbins Lab. He is pursuing a master’s degree in biological engineering at the University of Georgia. While here at Skidaway, he will be constructing a dissolved organic carbon analyzer compatible with ocean water sampling. This device should help scientists gain more precise measurements of the carbon processes in aquatic samples. Max grew up in Georgia and went to Georgia Tech for his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. His main hobbies are cooking, yoga, cycling, sports, piano and guitar.
Justin Holliday is interning with Bill Savidge. He is originally from Greenwood, S.C. and is a senior at the University of South Carolina. Justin is majoring in geophysics with a minor in mathematics.
Carter Percy is another Savidge Lab intern. Carter is a fourth-year environmental engineering major with a minor in ecology at the University of Georgia. “These two together have given me knowledge of how ecosystem services can be used, rather than artificial systems, to solve engineering problems,” he said. After graduation, Carter would like to hike the Te Araroa Trail across New Zealand before becoming an engineer for a few years and, ultimately, teaching environmental science at a high school. His hobbies include rock climbing, running, backpacking and road tripping. One random fact about Carter is he is a pescatarian.
Colby Peffer is interning with Clark Alexander. Colby is an oceanography major with geospatial analysis and scientific diving minors at Humboldt State University in California (Clark’s undergraduate alma mater). She is scheduled to graduate in spring 2017. She is originally from Los Angeles County. Colby’s interests include coastal restoration and management, although she says “I really enjoy getting experience in everything that I can get my hands on.” She participated in research in the past involving dune surveying and restoration, nitrogen inventories for Humboldt Bay and trace metal analysis. Her outside interests include her three horses, scuba diving and outdoor rock climbing.
Nick Veronesi is also interning in the Alexander Lab. Nick is from Westfield, Massachusetts and just finished his sophomore year at the University of South Carolina, where he is majoring in marine science and geographic information systems. He is considering a minor in journalism or English because of his immense passion for writing. “I was the managing editor for my high school for one year and currently write sports articles for both S.C. sports and professional sports. I write for the Miami Marlins, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Denver Nuggets, and a couple of other teams on the occasion,” he said. You can find his articles at http://isportsweb.com/author/veronesi/. He has also produced videos covering Gamecock sports which can be viewed https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF557746BD6CC97F8.
At Gray’s Reef, Chad Larsen is a public relations intern with Michelle Riley. Chad is a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in public relations. Originally from the metro-Atlanta area, he came south to escape the city life and to be closer to the coast. He became the first-ever public relations intern for Gray’s Reef because of their recent shift in focus toward raising public knowledge. Chad was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity and spends his weekends bartending at Dingus Magee’s, a popular bar in Statesboro. After his internship, he will return to Atlanta to work at a public relations firm.