Gabrielle is a junior student at the FAU- Harriet L.Wilkes Honors College. She is currently seeking a degree in Cellular Neuroscience. Her main interests are the brain and causes of drug-addiction. She is also interested in learning data analyses and using biostatistics to answer scientific questions.
For her 2019 SURF project she analyzed the effect of severe hurricanes on marine sponge communities surrounding St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her goal was to use biostatistics and R software to analyze the data collected from two scientific cruises, and determine the rate of sponge recruitment and remnant sponges in the affected communities.
Gavin is a Junior student at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in the Marine Environmental discipline. His ultimate goal is to help protect/sustain ecosystems and their resources, while advocating for both their ecological and economical value.
During his time as a 2019 Summer Intern, his project grazed on the analysis of micro-habitat interactions on a Florida coral reef. Using ecological forecasting software and image-area processing tools on ImageJ, his goal was to determine if certain microhabitats (composed of single or group of organisms) were increasing over the studied area on a period of 18 years, and whether they were affecting the overall health and biodiversity. He found microhabitats containing sponges to have a high probability of increasing and overthrowing other reef inhabitants.