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Alexander lab in GIS Day Savannah


Mike Robinson demonstrates GIS to two visitors.

The Alexander lab participated again as a sponsor with the GIS Day Savannah event hosted by Savannah Area Geographic Information System (SAGIS) on the Savannah State University campus.  This year marked the 10th year for the event which introduced 450 8th grade students along with area business owners, staff, GIS users, and citizens from the local community to demonstrations of real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. GIS Day is celebrated internationally as part of National Geographic’s International Geography Week. The National Geographic Society has sponsored Geography Awareness Week since 1987 to promote geographic literacy in schools, communities, and organizations, with a focus on the education of children.


Arneson joins Brandes lab

Erin Arneson will be working as a research intern in Jay Brandes’s lab through the end of the year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOriginally from Chippewa Fall, Wis., Erin is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in fisheries and wildlife management and a minor in marine biology. She originally came to Savannah to intern in Tara Cox’s lab at Savannah State University, while she figures out the next step in her career. She volunteered on one of Marc Frischer’s doliolid cruises, which evolved into an internship in the Frischer lab working with stable isotopes on the doliolid project. She recently moved to the Brandes lab, where she will be working on developing techniques to extract microplastics from sediment.

Erin plans to attend graduate school, but she is undecided on the direction of her future graduate work.

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.

Interns arrive for the summer

Group of college students have arrived on campus for summer internships at Skidaway Institute and one at the MAREX Aquarium.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADylan Munn is a third year as an environmental engineering student at UGA, interning at Skidaway Institute. He plans on spending his time after college between climate research and finding reasonable solutions for environmental problems. Dylan has lived in Savannah for 20 years. This is his first academic experience with marine chemistry and ecosystems, but he says, “I’ve spent thousands of hours on the water around Savannah fishing. I’m looking forward to contributing as much as possible in the Groves Creek Project and learning more about the Georgia marshes.”

Another SkIO intern, Ashley Gumm was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“People are always surprised when I tell them that I want to be a marine biologist,” she said. “This passion for the ocean, the marsh, and all the critters and processes within them stemmed from my numerous trips to the beach as a child, and culminated in my first visit to the coast of Georgia in the spring of 2013.”

Ashley graduated from Emory University in May of this year with a degree in biology and environmental sciences. After taking a gap year filled with environmental education and research at the Jekyll Island 4-H center and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, she hopes to be a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia School of Marine Sciences.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADan Barrett was born and raised in Sykesville, Md., a small rural-suburban community in the Greater Baltimore area. He is an environmental engineering major at UGA and plans to graduate at the end of 2015. Beyond that, his future is unclear, but as he says “I have a knack for enjoying whatever it is I’m doing.”

He hopes to work for several years before furthering his education by either getting a master’s in engineering, business, or possibly attending law school.

Dan says he is a huge fan of Baltimore sports teams – the Orioles and Ravens.

John DeRosa is a fourth-year environmental engineering student at UGA. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe is from Lilburn, Ga. and grew up in the Atlanta area. He will be working primarily for Aron Stubbins this summer. While at UGA, he volunteered for the Joye Research Group. Last summer, I worked at the Virginia Institute for Marine Science and studied how anammox and denitrifying bacteria in Pamunkey River (Va.) sediments responded to salinity changes.

John loves to play just about any sport, especially tennis. He also enjoys hiking, camping and traveling.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALiz Hughes is a recent graduate of Savannah Christian Prep School. She has been working in Dana Savidge’s lab during her senior year. She also took part in different academic activities such as the Armstrong Engineering Design Challenge (Her team placed first.) and Georgia Southern State competition where she placed 15th in her region.

She will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and plans to major in chemistry or computer science. During her internship she has helped Dana Savidge on her Western Antarctic Peninsula research, Aron Stubbins during the first Groves Creek research, and Jay Brandes and Thais Bittar in the lab.

Ashley Ward is an intern in Clark Alexander’s lab this summer.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA She is from Cumming, Ga., and a senior at Utica College in upstate New York. She is pursuing a degree in geoscience with a minor in chemistry. Why Utica College, you ask? Ashley is a hockey player.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKatie Zarada is a summer intern at MAREX. She is a fourth year at the University of Georgia studying ecology and biochemistry and Public Service and Outreach Student Scholar. She will spend the summer learning about the field of marine education and working in the summer camp program.

Kristopher Drummond is a rising senior at Savannah State University.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA He is interning at Skidaway Institute to conduct research on the microbiota in the vital organs of common bottlenose dolphins. Kris is attempting to identify what bacteria are present in bottlenose dolphins. He plans to extract DNA from vital organs of bottlenose dolphins then isolate the bacterial DNA within it.

“I hope to gain a greater knowledge of the microbiota in bottlenose dolphins as well as learning pertinent skills for the gene sequencing of DNA,” Kris says.