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UGA Skidaway Institute grad student receives master’s degree

Now-former UGA Skidaway Institute and Savannah State University graduate student Ashleigh Price had a November she won’t forget.

On November 8, she successfully defended her master’s thesis before her committee and a public audience.

Ashleigh at her dissertation defense.

Ashleigh at her dissertation defense.

She officially received her degree on December 10. Ashleigh did most of her research as part of Marc Frischer’s lab at Skidaway Institute. The title of her thesis was Environmental Reservoirs and Mortality Associated with Shrimp Black Gill.

To cap off the month, Ashleigh gave birth to her daughter, Astra Jean Visconti at 7:10 p.m. on November 30.



Astra came into the world at 18.5 inches, and weighting six pounds and 10.6 ounces. Mother and baby are both doing well.


More new faces on campus

There are more new faces around campus this summer.

Candy v w  Candilianne “Candy” Serrano-Zayas is a rising junior at Universidad Metropolitana, Puerto Rico. She is interning at SkIO in the Frischer lab.

This is her first research and marine sciences experience, but says it has opened her eyes to the important contributions of the marine world to the science. “I’ve been working for over two years on a veterinary clinic back at Puerto Rico and on a bioinformatics research with my mentor at my university,” Candy said. “Both experiences will potentially help me with my current research, ‘Identification of bacterial communities associated with bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncate’ as I will have to apply bioinformatics and necropsy experience for this project.”

Candy enjoys singing, sports and travel.

Cheyenne Coleman is an undergraduate student from Savannah State Cheyenne v wUniversity (SSU) interning at the UGA Aquarium under curator, Devin Dumont, as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at SSU.

Cheyenne will be conducting a series of experiments to investigate optimal environmental parameters for captive cannonball jellies, Stomolophus meleagris, currently on display at the aquarium.

Alyssa v wAlyssa Griffin is the most recent addition of the summer camp program staff. She is from Kennesaw State University and one of three academic interns who worked this year at the aquarium. The Academic Internship Program allows students from Georgia universities to gain experience and earn three credit hours towards their undergraduate degrees. For more information about the Academic Internship program, email Mary Sweeney-Reeves at msweeney@uga.edu.