Student Vignettes

Kelly Vasbinder

My research investigates how assumptions on larval transport affect spatial stock assessment and ecosystem models.
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Kelly Vasbinder
Meaghan Faletti

I am investigating the ontogenetic migration patterns of Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus), an important recreational and commercial fish species in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Meaghan Faletti
Jeremy Browning

I am presently concerned with planktonic fish eggs. Where are certain species spawning? Why did they choose to spawn under the conditions at one location and time of day/year over another?
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Jeremy Browning
Kristine Clark

My Master's thesis is focused on pelagic marine heteropoda vertical distribution and eye diameter size correlations in the water column and examining population genetics.
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Kristine Clark
Adrienne Hollister

I am a first year Masters student in Kristen Buck’s lab, which studies the biogeochemistry of trace metals in the ocean.
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Adrienne Hollister
Julie Vecchio

I use natural tags to study the movements and food habits of economically important reef fish species throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
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Julie Vecchio
Matthew Birk

My primary research interests are in teuthology: the scientific study of cephalopods.
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Matthew Birk
Kara Wall

My research aims to identify patterns in the recruitment and succession of the epibenthos in the eastern Gulf of Mexico (eGOM).
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Kara Wall
Jonathan Sharp

I am studying marine chemistry in Dr. Robert Byrne’s CO2 Sensors Lab. My research mainly focuses on the dynamics of the carbon dioxide system in seawater.
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Jonathan Sharp
Susan Snyder

My research with Dr. Steve Murawski aims to understand exposure and accumulation of toxic oil-related compounds in fish following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout.
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Susan Snyder
Michelle Guitard

Coming to the College of Marine Science for my Master’s and Ph.D. has opened up many opportunities for me as a student. I have been able to participate in two research cruises to the Antarctic, travel to Europe, Asia, and South America, and collaborate with international scientists on my project.
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Michelle Guitard
Marcy Cockrell

The College of Marine Science has Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in its backyard, both of which are excellent natural laboratories for marine science research. CMS is also located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, and has strong partnerships with scientists at the National Marine Fisheries Service, US Geological Survey, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
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Marcy L. Cockrell
Cristina Subt

The USF College of Marine Science is an excellent program. There are scientists here who focus on a wide variety of research areas, and who are always happy to provide guidance and resources for their students. For those interested in paleoclimate research, the Paleoclimate Lab is a great place to get help, tools and even make friends!
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Cristina Subt
Kate Colna

When choosing a school to work on my master’s degree and research I wanted a school that had the benefits a big university without the overwhelming atmosphere of a big school. USF-CMS has provided me with the big school experience in a smaller setting.
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Kate Colna
Devon Firesinger

I chose to attend the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science due to the great collaboration with nearby institutions such as the USGS, FWRI, FIO, and NOAA. This area possesses a concentration of wise scientists and I believe it a hotspot in the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred half a decade ago.
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Devon Firesinger
Kristina Deak

Working with my advisor at USF-CMS has provided me with an incredible amount of time at sea, sometimes more than five weeks per year. It is immensely rewarding to spend so much time away from land, collecting samples and observing the natural habitat and biota of the Gulf.
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Kristina Deak
Erin Symonds

As a USF-CMS graduate student, I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research related to public health-related water microbiology through collaborations with the USF RECLAIM network as well as with NOAA.
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Erin Symonds
Maria Vega-Rodriguez

As a USF-CMS graduate student, I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research related to public health-related water microbiology through collaborations with the USF RECLAIM network as well as with NOAA.
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Maria Vega-Rodriguez
Amanda Paiz

Conducting my research at USF-CMS in the beautiful St Petersburg area has been wonderful. The staff is great, and the professors really put in the time to make sure your research is worth-while and makes a difference in your field. There are opportunities to get ship time for your research, and lots of chances to do other types of field-work if you choose to do so.
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Amanda Paiz
Kate Dubickas

Oil spills, including the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) spill, have a long-standing history of devastating ecosystems. As a Gulf Coast native, I was particularly affected by this disaster and it further motivated me to pursue graduate studies and a career that would have a positive impact on people and wildlife.
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Kate Dubickas
Christian Gfatter

I believe in the College of Marine Science's interdisciplinary approach to studies in marine science and it has a diverse group of scientists within the fields of Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Oceanography.
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Christian Gfatter