Coastal Studies Summer Fellows Dive into the Unknown

Bowdoin's 2012 Coastal Studies Fellows

Bowdoin's 2012 Coastal Studies Fellows

This summer, a number of Bowdoin students have fellowships to conduct research into a range of coastal and marine topics, from phytoplankton blooms to river herring. Last week, they gathered over two days to gave boiled-down accounts of their complex research projects.

They were joined by a few students from The College of William and Mary, who are working with Jonathan Allen, a former Doherty Marine Biology Postdoctoral Scholar at Bowdoin and an assistant professor at William and Mary.

Each student gave a 10-minute Pecha Kucha-style presentation, educating one another on the foraging behavior of harbor porpoises, the effect of luminescent behavior on intertidal scale worms, what photo-pollution does to marine fouling communities, and much more.

Bowdoin offers an array of fellowships to support students’ research, internships or other work over the summer, including several that specifically support coastal studies research.

To reach more about the students’ research, go here. Links to their presentations will be available soon on the Coastal Studies Center website.

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Jae Bradley '13

Jae Bradley '13


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