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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

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


2015 Final Presentations




Rachel Dalafave

Association between sidescan sonar and benthic marine habitat off the coast of Assateague Island National Seashore: implications for developing a habitat map

D. Miller
Drew Friedrichs

A sonar study of ripple morphology off of Assateague Island

A. Trembanis
Caity Tollman

Examining Protist and Ciliate Community Structure in Meltwater Streams in the McMurdo Valleys of Antarctica

K. Coyne
Nathan Tillotson

Environmental Factors Influencing Zooplankton Distributions in the Delaware Bay

J. Cohen
Isabelle Rew

Foraminifera coiling ratios as recorders of past upper ocean conditions

K. Billups
Kristen Burk

Mn Speciation along a Salinity Gradient in a coastal river bordered by wetlands

G. Luther
Natasha Lowery

Heat Tolerance in Four Cultures of Symbiodinium

M. Warner
Zach Miller

Characterizing the Sources and Structure of Genetic Diversity in a Model of Mutualism Exploitation

A. Marsh
Jessica Vaccare

The forms and sources of nitrogen used by phytoplankton in Guinea Creek, DE

J. York
Gabriella Chen Estimating Net Primary Production in Ponds and Streams Using Diel Oxygen Levels
B. Ullman

* indicates non-REU students who participated in the program


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