2017

 

In 2017  The Diversity Project returned to the Gump Tropical Research Station in  Mo’orea, French Polynesia for another summer of research. For the first time, we did both basic and scientific dive training in the field.  What an adventure!

 


Name: Shamoy Bideau

School: University of the Virgin Islands
Major: Biology (BS)

Project Title: Urchins are important herbivores & mediate positive effects of sediment on algal turfs.

Comments on The Diversity Project:  I can’t tell you how awesome it is, you will have to experience it for yourself. But I can tell you that it is indeed life changing. To be honest I’m still not done thanking Paul and the other Coordinators for an amazing summer.”

Where is he now? Shamoy is back in the Virgin Islands working on completing his undergraduate degree


Name: Koko Chong

School:University of Hawaii, Hilo  (BS)

Major: Marine Science (BS)

Project Title: Herbivory shapes the depth distribution of Halophila decipiens in Moʻorea

Comments on The Diversity Project: “This was a fun and hardworking internship where I became a certified scientific diver, travelled to Moʻorea, began having conversations about my future in graduate school, and built long lasting relationships with my mentors and awesome interns!  Whatʻs special about this program is the field work experience abroad, networking with fellow scholars and mentors and having their SUPPORT, and discovering new things about yourself that shape your career goals.  ”

Where is she now? Koko is back on the big island, working on completing her undergraduate studies



Name: Maria Gasca

School: UCLA
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Project Title: Urchins are important herbivores & mediate positive effects of sediment on algal turfs.

Comments on The Diversity Project: “Don’t let your size, color, gender, socioeconomic background, experience with swimming, ANYTHING stop you from applying. If you haven’t had the privilege to see someone like you being represented in the Marine Sciences or graduate school, now is your chance to take the initiative & manifest it!”

Where is she now?  Maria is back at UCLA finishing her undergraduate studies.


Name: Howard Hunter

School: University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Major: Biology

 

Project Title: Macroalgal predictability, quantity, and species assemblage affect estimates of herbivory rate and herbivore selectivity on coral reefs.

Comments on The Diversity Project. The Diversity Project was an experience of a life time that I didn’t think I could fully participate in because I couldn’t swim before getting accepted. With only having two months to get scuba ready, I went to my schools swimming pool virtually every day. I had days where I thought to myself, “What am I getting myself into?” or “I just can’t do this…”, but I didn’t give up. Through hard work and perseverance, I was able to become scuba certified through this amazing program! So don’t think that a lack of swimming experience will hinder what you can achieve through this program, you too can become scuba certified and a snorkeling master if you work for it.”

Where is he now now: Hunter is currently working towards graduating this coming May and is taking a year off to familiarize himself with different areas in coral reef ecology before going to graduate school.


Name: Carly Johnson

School: Howard University (BS)

Major: Sports Medicine

Project Title: Herbivory shapes the depth distribution of Halophila decipiens in Moʻorea

Comments on The Diversity Project: “The Diversity Project” is a life changing experience, it opens many doors, and is worth the hard work!”

Where is she now? Carly is at Howard completing her undergraduate degree.


Name: Adrianne McDonald

School: Spelman College
Major: Biology
 Project Title: Urchins are important herbivores & mediate positive effects of sediment on algal turfs

Comments on The Diversity Project: “TDP is a rewarding, once in a lifetime experience. TDP allows you to develop your own research project, research abroad, and develop long lasting relationships with professors, graduate students, and fellow undergraduate students. TDP has allowed me to work on my skills as a researcher and develop new ones, like scuba diving! If you have ever considered marine biology, apply apply APPLY!. ”

Where is she now? Adriane is currently back at Superman and is working as a research assistant in a plant developmental biology lab focusing on the early events of seed development.


Name: Brianna Mims

School: Cornell  University

Major: Biological Sciences
Project Title: Herbivory shapes the depth distribution of Halophila decipiens in Moʻorea
Where is she now: Brianna is back at Cornell starting her junior year and deciding between grad school in marine science or herpetology.

Name: Nury Molina

School: UCLA
Major: Environmental Science
Project Title: Macroalgal predictability, quantity, and species assemblage affect estimates of herbivory rate and herbivore selectivity on coral reefs.
Where is she now: Nury is beginning her junior year at UCLA.

Name: Nefertiti Smith

School: Hampton University
Major: Marine and Environmental Science
Project Title: Macroalgal predictability, quantity, and species assemblage affect estimates of herbivory rate and herbivore selectivity on coral reefs
Comments on The Diversity Project: “TDP is a great program with supportive people who want to nourish the young scientist in you.”
Where is she now: Nefertiti is back at Hampton finishing her undergraduate studies and planning on applying to graduate school