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2020 FAU HARBOR BRANCH GRADUATION FEATURES  

Laura Issac Newton
 

5/24/2020

 

David J. Bradshaw II

David J. Bradshaw II
Integrative Biology Ph.D. 

 

Advisor: Dr. Peter J. McCarthy

 

Thesis Title: Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on the Microbiome of the Indian River Lagoon, FL, USA

 

What does FAU mean to you?

It has been a place that has allowed me to step into the world of research and make connections that will shape me for my entire life. 

 

Describe your experience at FAU’s Harbor Branch:

I originally came to HBOI to pursue a career in research with the idea to determine the microbiome present in the Indian River Lagoon, something no one else has done yet. Since then, I have been able to meet a lot of great people who have helped me grow as a person and a researcher. I developed a project that allowed me to develop skills as a microbial ecologist and bioinformatician while also getting a little chemistry and field work in my life. I have not only become an ACTUAL scientist but I've also taken part in the Junior Scientist Program, which allowed me to help high schoolers conduct research to help manage a local preserve. And I took part in the Harbor Branch Student Association, which allowed me to work with the awesome students at HBOI (there are actually a lot of them up here) to improve student life.

 

Favorite FAU Harbor Branch Memory:

All the Indian River Lagoon Symposiums. I loved sharing my science and data with fellow scientists and getting great, thought-provoking questions. It was also great to see my friends and colleagues present their own research, hang out with them, and talk science. I also had the opportunity to see students from the Junior Scientist Program presenting to HBOI scientists and seeing the awe in the scientists' faces as these high schoolers talked about THEIR research. 

 

How will you commemorate graduation?

Eating my favorite Blaze Pizza (it has blue cheese and pesto among its ingredients) and having a fun evening with my fiance, probably watching movies. Also, we took some graduation photos, and I tossed all my hats in the air because I did not get a tan. 

 

After graduation plans?

Going to stay at HBOI as a Postdoctoral Fellow Geneticist position in the Aquaculture Program working for Dr. Paul Wills. I will be conducting some really exciting research by using my bioinformatics and microbiology skills to develop ways to improve sustainable production of high-value warm water marine finfish. 

 


 

Laura Issac Norton

Laura Issac Norton
Master of Science, Marine Science and Oceanography

 

Advisor: Megan Davis, Ph.D.

 

Thesis Title: Reestablishment a Queen Conch, Lobatus gigas, Breeding Population in a Marine Protected Area in The Bahamas

 

What does FAU mean to you?

FAU has given me the opportunity to make my dream of being a marine scientist come true! 

 

Describe your experience at FAU’s Harbor Branch:

Harbor Branch is particularly special because it is a small community of researchers and students. It is such a friendly atmosphere that gives you a sense of "home". I am very lucky to have gotten to spend so much time at HBOI as an intern and a student. Graduating and moving on from my research family is definitely bittersweet.

 

Favorite FAU Harbor Branch Memory:

I loved getting to present in the 2020 OSLS with Dr. Davis! 

 

How will you commemorate graduation?

I plan on doing some traveling, once it is safe, to celebrate this important milestone!

 

After graduation plans?

None yet, I'm applying for jobs, moving into a new house, and taking advantage of this free time to relax.

 


 

Rachel ShawRachel Shaw
Master of Science, Biology

Advisor:  Matt Ajemian, Ph.D.


Thesis Title: 
Three-Dimensional Movement and Habitat Use of Young White Sharks (Carcharodon Carcharias) in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean


What does FAU mean to you?

FAU gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for the ocean and collaborate with leaders in my field.


Describe your experience at FAU’s Harbor Branch:

The most challenging, yet rewarding experience where I had the opportunity to collaborate on my dream thesis researching white shark movement.


Favorite FAU Harbor Branch Memory:

Tagging my first white shark!


How will you commemorate graduation?

Reflecting on my experience, waiting to walk in the ceremony when it is rescheduled.


After graduation plans:

Exploring my passion of teaching and continuing to prep my research for publication.