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Blog Post: SRJC-BML Internship Program 2019

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Summer 2019 SRJC-BML Interns and Mentors. Photo credit Gabriel Ng

By Hannah Palmer and Katie Dubois. Hannah and Katie are PhD Candidates at UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory and are the co-directors of the SRJC-BML Internship Program for 2019.

Congratulations to all interns and mentors of the 2019 SRJC-BML Internship Program! Our summer was full of field work, lab studies, professional development, mentorship, and science! This was the fourth year of the SRJC-BML Internship Program and the first year that we were able to award stipends to some of our interns. This year, we hosted 15 interns in the program ranging in levels of participation from one day-per week to full time. Interns and mentors worked on a range of projects including: chemical linkage between plankton and deep-sea corals, defense mechanisms of marine invertebrates under predation, ocean engineering of underwater moorings, quantifying ecological interactions in seagrass and salt marsh habitats, impacts of copper toxicity on marine organisms, invasive species ecology in Tomales Bay,  and understanding the links between plankton and physical oceanography. We brought together the entire group for a Professional Development Workshop during which interns learned how to leverage this internship opportunity to pursue their individual career goals. We finished the summer with a banquet for all students and mentors at which each intern and mentor shared something about their summer experience. We are grateful to all of the support we received this year and we are so proud of all of the interns and mentors for a great summer of marine science! We are already looking forward to the SRJC-BML Internship Program in 2020! Check back soon for blog posts by each intern to hear about their unique summer internship experiences!

PC: Ashley Smart
PC: Ashley Smart
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Carina Fish
PC: Carina Fish
C: Gabriel Ng
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Jan Walker
PC: Jan Walker
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Alisha Saley
PC: Alisha Saley
PC: Katie Dubois
PC: Katie Dubois
PC: Gabriel Ng
PC: Gabriel Ng

 

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Blog Post: Making Waves

You had me at "hello": Marlynn Rollins (right) introduced HBCU peers to a bat star during a 2018 visit. Marlynn (Howard University, Class of 2019) will join UC Davis' Graduate Group in Ecology, the Gaylord lab, and Sustainable Oceans NRT in Fall 2019.
You had me at "hello": Marlynn Rollins (right) introduced HBCU peers to a bat star during a 2018 visit. Marlynn (Howard University, Class of 2019) will join UC Davis' Graduate Group in Ecology, the Gaylord lab, and Sustainable Oceans NRT in Fall 2019.

Every summer since 2012, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have conducted research at UC Davis as part of the UC-HBCU Initiative. And every summer, Rick Grosberg, Professor and Director of the Coastal and Marine Science Institute, and I have taken a group of these and other summer research students to the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Rick and I both got bitten by the research bug at marine labs and relish sharing something of that experience with our students. And we get to enjoy a day on the coast out of the summer heat. 

For many students, this trip provides their first encounter with living intertidal organisms, marine systems, and the Pacific Ocean.

After a walk along the bluffs -- punctuated by many photo ops -- led by Reserve Director Suzanne Olyarnik, Speakman Smith (Howard University) commented, "I felt as if I was on the edge of the world." 

The rocky intertidal at Bodega Marine Lab. Photo credit: Jaylen Parks/Tuskegee University.
The rocky intertidal at Bodega Marine Lab. Photo credit: Jaylen Parks/Tuskegee University. 

 

During the visit, students learned about marine and coastal ecosystems, upwelling, potential climate change effects, and ongoing research at BML. Plant ecologist Arquel Miller (Howard University) remarked, "I never knew about the existence of white abalone, let alone their endangered status. I found it fascinating to learn of the human impacts on this species and what Kristin and her team are doing..."

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BML researcher Kristin Aquilino introduced HBCU and CSU Northridge students to the white abalone restoration program.
The recent mussel die-off provided Rick with a teaching moment.
The recent mussel die-off provided Rick with a teaching moment.

Did a day at BML convince the plant scientistschemists, and molecular biologists on this year's field trip to jump to marine science? Probably not. But because of their experience with this very special place, they'll be better informed citizens and potential supporters of coastal and marine systems.

This year's group, from Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fort Valley State University, Florida A&M University, and CSU Northridge, with me, Rick, and current GGE grad student Fred Nelson (Howard University, Class of 2017)
This year's group, from Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fort Valley State University, Florida A&M University, and CSU Northridge, with me, Rick, and current GGE grad student Fred Nelson (Howard University, Class of 2017)

 

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