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Summer Research Projects

Marine Sciences Summer Program interns present their research projects and findings as a part of their experience, giving them both the benefit of conducting research and that of presenting their research, skills that will prepare them for science careers.

REU Interns Emily Aurora Tagging Horseshoe Crabs

2018 Final Presentations




Emmie Healey Effect of preventative dosing on IRI-160AA algicide on non-target microbial communities. K. Coyne
Cristin Archer

Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on the Overwintering Process of the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus: an assessment of survivorship and development

D. Dixson
Josie Chiarello

Reconstruction of North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre dynamics using planktic foraminiferal coiling ratios

K. Billups
Arianna Cannady

Phylogenetic Analysis of Estuarine Sediments in Delaware and Oregon

J. Biddle
Scott Booth

Relating Discharge Measurement Methods in the Prime Hook Tidal Marsh System

C. Sommerfield
Josh Hauser

Investigation of biological clocks in individual Amerorchestia megalopthalma

J. Cohen
Kelsey Ward

A Characterization of Midwater Micronekton Food Web Dynamics in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre as Determined through Stable Isotope Analysis

A. Carlisle
Josh Simpson

Investigating the Genetic Diversity of Dinophysis in the Delaware Inland Bays

T. Pettay
Jennifer Necker

Manganese speciation and profiling in the Chesapeake Bay

G. Luther


2017 Final Presentations




Anna Internicola Seasonal distribution of microplastics in the Delaware Bay J. Cohen

Laura Romanovich
Effects of elevated temperatures on the physiology of symbiotic algae in culture and in Exaptasia hosts M. Warner
Emily Kaiser Using coiling ratios of planktonic foraminifera to trace past North Atlantic surface currents K. Billups
Mark Lundine Morphological monitoring using unmanned aerial vehicles: a methodological assessment A. Trembanis
Marina Franc Nanoparticulate pyrite: hydrothermal vents and iron in the global ocean G. Luther
Mikaela Kropp Quantifying estuarine photosynthetic rates at slack tide B. Ullman
Luke Frankel Using distribution analysis of satellite chlorophyll data to identify phytoplankton bloom dynamics M. Oliver
Harrison Smith  Comparing oceanographic remote sensing data to in situ measurements: matching glider to satellite M. Oliver
Carolyn Hamman Salinity driven changes in genetic diversity of the harmful alga, Heterosigma akashiwo T. Pettay & K. Coyne
Raquel Jaramillo Horseshoe crab egg and early stage oyster microbiome J. Biddle


2016 Final Presentations




Catherine Prunella Assessing Gulf Stream variability during the Glacial to Holocene transition with planktonic foraminiferal species assemblages K. Billups

Amanda Williams
Effects of Bio-remediation on Zooplankton in South Bethany (DE) Canals J. Cohen
Peter Barron Monitoring the Fate of Artificial Reefs: Using Hydrographic Methods to Examine Structural Integrity and Movement D. Miller and A. Trembanis
Thaowan Giorno Marsh vegetation mapping through UAV-based imagery D. Miller and A. Trembanis
Aviah Stillman Tracking morphology changes to a replenished beach D. Miller and A. Trembanis
Naomi Gilbert The Horseshoe Crab Egg Microbiome  D. Dixson and J. Biddle
Cassandra Harris Identifying hindgut microbes in Ctenochaetus striatus and Calotomus spinidens: comparing community composition, functionality, and identifying genomes through metagenomics J. Biddle
Enid C. Muñoz Ruiz  Decorating behavior in Camposcia retusa D. Dixson
Chris Chambers The effect of photochemistry on iron and manganese speciation G. Luther
Sam Blackburn Characterization of Biogeochemical Reactivity in Beach Face Aquifers  B. Ullman


* indicates non-REU students who participated in the program


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