Jecar Chapman, 21, recently graduated from Bermuda College with an associate in science degree, and is soon headed off to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This is Jecar’s fourth year in the Bermuda Program. As a Bermudian intern he is working with Dr. Andrea Bodnar to continue the investigation of sea urchins as a model for a stem cell theory of anti-ageing. When Jecar is not in the lab he enjoys snorkeling and fishing. One of Jecar’s favorite quotes from the lab is:
“If you don’t fail enough your not trying hard enough” –anonymous
Meredith Bibbings, 19, is going into her third year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is majoring in physiology with a minor in neuroscience. Once she graduates she is considering getting a masters degree or applying to medical school. This is her second year at BIOS. Currently, she is working to continue a project to identify the microbes within the fire sponge. For this project she is trying to determine the communities of microbes surrounding and on the fire sponges, and if there could be a symbiotic relationship between the fire sponge and microbes. When she is not in the lab or studying she enjoys dancing and rowing.
Favorite math joke:
“Alcohol and calculus don’t mix, don’t drink and derive”
Rachel Barnes, 20, is studying at Bowdoin College in Maine. She is majoring in oceanographic science and economics. This is her first year here at BIOS. She is working with Natasha McDonald studying chromophoric dissolved organic matter, also known as CDOM. In studying CDOM, she is trying to figure out where it comes from and why light penetrates it in such a unique manner. One of her favorite things about BIOS is the diversity of the community. In her free time Rachel enjoys playing squash.
Favorite science joke:
“Two men walk into a Bar. The first man orders some H2O. The second man says good, I’ll have some H2O too. The second man dies.”
Ashley Berry, 21, is entering her senior year at Duke University where she is studying biology. Once she graduates she is thinking of pursuing medical school, or grad school for a masters in biology. This is her first year at BIOS. She is working with Natasha McDonald, using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry of Lignin, the compound that makes up the cell walls in plants. Her findings will be compared with CDOM findings to see if there are any similarities. When Ashley is not studying or working in the lab she runs track, as she competes with the Bermuda Jr. National team running the 1500 and 3K steeplechase.
William Halliday, 21, is a recent graduate from Bangor University in Wales where he was studying geography. This is his first year interning here at BIOS. Will is working on a new project with Dr. Kristen Buck and Dr. Andrew Peters, to identify metals in Sargassum seaweed. The goal of the project is to identify what metals Sargassum seaweed is bringing into the Sargasso Sea and how these metals are contributing to biomagnification within Bermudian ecosystems. Outside of work Will enjoys rock climbing and gardening.
Michel Johnston, 19, is a second year student at Penn State studying meteorology. Michel became interested in meteorology when he experienced Hurricane Fabian first hand. Once he began studying meteorology, the more he learned about the topic the more interested he became. This is his second year as an intern at BIOS. For his current project he is analyzing sea surface temperature data that has been collected since the 1950s as part of BATS to see if there are any trends that indicate climate change. Michel has also completed a training program with the Bermuda Weather Service and is now a qualified Meteorological Technician/Observer.
Christiana Halliday, 20, is entering her final year a Plymouth University in England studying environmental science. This is her third year here at BIOS. Christiana is working on a new project where she is looking at the pigmentation of corals to see if they can be successfully transplanted to deeper depths. When Christiana is not studying or doing research she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and can make excellent brownies.
Favorite Science Pun:
“Never trust an atom... they make up everything”
Jorge Sanchez, 22, is entering his third year at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, where his is working toward a BS in biology. This is his fourth year here at BIOS. Currently Jorge is continuing work with Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations, BRUVS. Jorge is using the BRUVSs to determine the fish biodiversity and population density of the reefs around Bermuda. The information that he helps to collect will be used to manage the fishing industry and reef conservation efforts. In the time that Jorge has been at BIOS, he has received both rescue diver and science diving certifications, and has learned to operate the research vessels. Aside from SCUBA diving Jorge enjoys playing football and photography.
Related movie quote:
“Just keep swimming” –Dory, Finding Nemo
Celene Collis, 20, attends the University of Toronto where she is double majoring in ethics, society, and law, and biodiversity and conservation studies. This is her second year here at BIOS, where she is working with Dr. Eric Hochberg to continue studying beta diversity. Beta diversity is the comparison of population diversity between different reef sites around Bermuda. From this research she is hoping to determine what are the causes for the difference in the ecosystems around Bermuda. Celene enjoys SCUBA diving and dancing.
Favorite Science joke:
Gold walks into a bar. The bartender says “A u get outta here.”
Angus Lang, 21, recently graduated from the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, where he studied marine and freshwater biology. Angus first discovered BIOS when he participated in the Ocean Academy waterstart program and became SCUBA certified. Ever since he has been fascinated with marine science and hopes to soon find a job in this field. Angus is working on a new project here at BIOS where he is perfecting the methodology of fish population comparison. To do this, he is analyzing data generated by Jorge Sanchez’s BRUV’s project and visual surveys conducted by Tim Noyes. This project will determine which method of surveying fish populations is more accurate and help to determine fish communities at different reef locations around Bermuda. When Angus is not working he enjoy playing golf and fishing.
Favorite science joke:
“What do you call a fish with no eyes? A FISH”