Friday, January 23, 2009

Can Seagrass Health Indicate Environmental Stress?

Del Mar College’s Natural Sciences Department has made providing research opportunities to students a priority through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), funded by the U.S Department of Education, and has partnered with Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) and other area institutions to give participants hands-on experiences by working with researchers and graduate students.

In this interview, done at the 2008 National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education conference held last October in Washington, DC, Del Mar College student Nicolas Perez discusses work he did in the summer of 2008 related to research conducted by TAMU-CC associate professor of molecular and plant sciences, Dr. Kirk Cammarata. Under the supervision of Dr. Kirk Cammarata, three Del Mar College students were paired with TAMUCC- graduate student mentors and focused on separate research projects related to the study of sea grass health.

You can get more information on Delmar College, TAMU-CC and Nicolas' project here.

I enjoyed talking with Nicolas and all of the other students that attended the conference. I had the opportunity to interview a few more of them and will be posting those interviews here on occasion. If you want, you can see them all now on our Center YouTube channel linked here.

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