Education: B.S. Biology, 2011 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Current Research: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April 2010 was a traumatic event for the Gulf of Mexico. Despite happening over three years ago, many questions still linger regarding the ecological effects of the approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil that flowed into Gulf waters. Understanding how ecosystems and organisms were impacted is important for present and future management of many species. Claire’s research involves measuring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the chemical components of oil, from various red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) tissues to test for oil exposure. PAHs can accumulate in some fish tissues, and utilizing a technique called gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, the concentrations of these PAHs can be determined. Claire is using this information to investigate the extent to which red snapper were affected by the oil spill and if the oil exposure is continuing.
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2015
Education: B.S. Marine Biology and Zoology, 2010, Northwest Missouri State University
Current Research: I recently came from working as an assistant manager at the Bimini Biological Field Station in Bimini, Bahamas. While in Bimini, I assisted in conducting research dealing mostly with Lemon sharks. Some of the research I was involved with included studies on shark personality and behavior, predatory behaviors in sharks, shark metabolism, effects of shoreline development on lemon shark nursery habitat, and seasonal aggregation movements of lemon sharks. My research objectives at Auburn are still to be determined.
Anticipated Graduation: Fall 2017