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Three Halmos Graduate Students Awarded Research Grants

This summer three Halmos College M.S. students were awarded research grants from the Southern Florida Chapter of the Explorers Club student grant program. These diverse projects are all supervised by Halmos faculty member Amy Hirons, Ph.D. The students will use these funds to forward their graduate thesis projects.

The three student projects are

(1) Pilar Ferdinando’s project, “Multi-Tissue Analysis for Heavy Metals in North Pacific Marine Mammals”, which focuses on seals, sea lions, and sea otters in Alaskan waters over the past two decades

(2) Sarah Gumbleton’s project, “Parasitic Indicators of Foraging Strategies in Wading Birds”, which addresses their largely unknown diet and that relationship with the parasites in their tissues

(3) Erin Smith’s project, “Heavy Metal Accumulation in Seagrasses in the Port of Miami and Florida Bay – Proxy for Florida Manatee Contamination”, looks at the dominant food source for manatees in one area disturbed by dredging and boating compared to another area protected from development but heavily used by recreational and commercial boaters.

Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club’s members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the surface of the moon.