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Graduate Students Showcase their Research -- from South Texas to South America

First year PhD student Jill Thompson-Grim presents her previous research assessing fish distribution in South Texas.

First year PhD student Jill Thompson-Grim presents her previous research assessing fish distribution in South Texas.

Written By: Carlyn Scott, Science Communication Assistant at USF CMS

The Graduate Student Symposium, which we call the GSS, is an annual event hosted and presented by CMS graduate students to showcase preliminary results of their research to peers and CMS community. Like most events in the time of COVID, the usual day-long event was modified to meet the USF criteria to keep everyone safe. In past years, faculty members are recruited as judges to evaluate presentations and choose a winner for each of the three categories of best oral presentation with results, proposed research presentation, and best poster.

The symposium showcased new faces at CMS, including master’s student Claire Onak and PhD student Jill Thompson-Grim, both of whom highlighted work done in previous programs.

“I wanted to present as a way to introduce myself to the faculty and students at CMS, as I haven't had the opportunity to meet many people outside of our core courses and my lab group due to the pandemic,” said Onak. “I also thought it would be valuable to gain more experience in communicating my science in order to become a better public speaker.”

Here’s the roster of speakers from the event. Please enjoy the videos below.

Jill Thompson-Grim
PhD Student, Marine Resource Assessment
Advisor: Steve Murawski, PhD
Assessing the Distribution of Fishes Across Relief Anomalies at the South Texas Banks

Claire Onak
Masters student, Chemical Oceanography
Advisor: Tim Conway, PhD
Environmental impacts of copper mining in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Alexander Timpe
PhD student, Biological Oceanography
Advisor: Brad Seibel. PhD
Small amounts of oxygen measurement error can drastically affect key metabolic Parameters

Kiersten Monahan
PhD student, Geological Oceanography
Advisor: Brad Rosenheim, PhD
Improving our quantitative and mechanistic understanding of organic carbon preservation in the Guianas Mudbanks

Beatre Combs-Hintze
PhD Student, Marine Resource Assessment
Advisor: Cameron Ainsworth, PhD
Using Ecosystem Modeling to Assess Changes in Seagrass Meadow Ecosystem Under
Various Harmful Algal Bloom Scenarios

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