Gabe Matthias is a new research technician for Dana Savidge. Gabe has a bachelor’s degree in aquaculture and fisheries science, a master’s in oceanography and an MBA — all from the University of Rhode Island. He grew up in Rhode Island, but lived in North Carolina and Maryland before moving to Savannah four months ago. He has been working as a fill-in crew on the R/V Savannah for the past several months.
Sydney Plummer is an incoming Ph.D. student through the Integrated Life Sciences program at the University of Georgia. She is currently working in Julia Diaz’s lab. Her project involves studying superoxide production by phytoplankton in the presence of grazing predator species. Her hobbies include reading, camping, and going on adventures.
Christine Burns is an incoming master’s degree student who will be working with both Clark Alexander and Meryl Alber from the Athens marine sciences faculty. She is originally from “just outside of Philadelphia,” but she’s spent the past two years working up and down the east coast. Most recently she worked as a salt marsh research technician in the Peterson lab at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences. Her hobbies include rock climbing and kayaking.
Karla Haiat is an REU student with Aron Stubbins’s lab. Karla is originally from Mexico City, but is currently a marine biology and ocean engineering major at the University of Rhode Island. She says her main interest has always been deep water biology and sharks. “So I decided to pursue a degree in ocean engineering as well, giving myself the skills and the tools to work where I want to work,” she said. “I figure that if I can pilot an ROV, I can get involved with the information that ROVs can get for scientists.”
Camisha Few is also an REU student in the Stubbins lab. She attends Florida A&M University where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a minor in journalism. “I hope to one day write for a science-oriented magazine or newsletter,” she said. “I’d also like to conduct my own research, inside and outside of the lab,” she said. “My goal is to just make a difference in the world and hopefully inspire the next generation to join in on the ever growing science field.”
Doug Mollett is an REU student with Julia Diaz. He is a rising sophomore at Georgetown College and is pursuing a double-major in environmental science and Spanish. His work with Julia involves alkaline phosphatase activity in local waters.
They are not entirely new faces since they have been frequenting the Skidaway campus since they were small children,
but Kathryn and Helen Savidge are both volunteering here for the summer. Kathryn is a rising junior at Susquehanna University, majoring in graphic design. This summer she is working on data discovery, wind and wave forcing examination, and as a general assistant for her mom, Dana Savidge.
Helen is also a junior at Susquehanna University where she majors in creative writing. This summer she is interning with Amanda Wrona and The Nature Conservancy, writing conservation news pieces for the organization.