You are here

Biology student to study coral in Bermuda

Top Stories

Marine Sediment (core) Sampling Training on the R/V Roger Revelle

Davide Oppo, a professor in our School of Geosciences, recently returned from a 3 week long offshore training expedi

Read More ➝

Top 60 Students Honored

On Thursday, 28 April 2022, the top 60 students in the Ray P.

Read More ➝

Jorge Villa receives prestigious DOE Early Career Award

Dr. Jorge Villa, of our School of Geosciences, received the prestigious Early Career Research Award from the U.S.

Read More ➝

Natalie Graham, a senior in our biology department, will spend her final semester of college studying coral off the coast of Bermuda. Natalie will be participating in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation. The competitive, semester-long program allows undergraduates to conduct individual research projects in a collaborative team environment under the expert mentorship of the institute’s faculty and staff. Graham will be researching the functionality of shallow water reefs near Bermuda.

“It is surreal that I’m taking part in this program,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to do coral research, but as anyone in marine biology knows, it’s popular and hard to get your foot in the door. Now that I have this opportunity, I’m going to try my absolute best to keep the door from closing.” She noted she is excited about spending most days in the water, conducting research on corals and their environments. “I’ll be spending my final semester doing what I love. Just having a paid internship in my field of choice before even graduating is more than I could ever imagine.” Throughout the semester, students will give presentations that outline their research topic, methods, and results, including a final presentation to faculty, staff, and visiting students. REU students will also participate in a variety of field excursions to learn about Bermuda's natural history, flora and fauna as well as workshops and seminars given by the institute’s faculty.

“It’s a real coup for one of our students to be selected for this program,” said Dr. Beth Stauffer, of our biology department. “Natalie will be conducting field research on corals while there and getting credit through our department as she finishes up her bachelor’s degree.”

Graham will earn a degree in biology with a concentration in evolution, ecology, and marine biology in December. After that, she plans to get her master’s degree in marine conservation/ecology, specifically studying climate effects.