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Undergraduates

INTERNS, INDEPENDENT STUDY STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS

Current Undergrads

Kate Rose

Kate Rose

2017-present

I am a Jersey born yankee who followed her passion for marine science down to the University of Florida. I plan to graduate in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in marine science, and hopefully be working towards my masters as well. In addition to my research on sponge restoration in the Middle Keys, I also serve as the program associate for the Challenge 2050 Project on the UF campus. When not working (and even when I am) you can find me rocking out to broadway musicals.

Matthew Spears

Matthew Spears

2018-Present

I was born raised in Florida, and chose to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor here at the University of Florida. I plan to graduate in 2021 with a bachelor’s in Microbiology and Cell Science and a minor in Fisheries. Following graduation, I also plan on attending medical school to become a surgeon. In addition to the research in Dr. Behringer’s lab, I am involved in research with a physician at Shands regarding the effects of dry suit diving on the circulatory system and the brain. I am an avid scuba diver (as you can tell from the picture) and am also a certified Rescue Diver. I’m almost always studying in a library, or participating in research, but during my free time you can  find me diving a local spring or in the hospital shadowing a doctor.

Hannah Baker

Hannah Baker

2018-Present
Thomas Allain

Thomas Allain

2019-Present

My name is Thomas and I’m a marine sciences student at the University of Florida. I grew up outside of Washington, D.C. so I moved from one swamp to another. I have a passion for the marine environment that stems from my father’s service in the Coast Guard and years of going to beaches in Rhode Island and Florida. When I’m not thinking about the ocean, I’m involved with the Alpha Zeta academic fraternity or playing some sort of music.

Natalie Stephens

Natalie Stephens

2019-Present
Emily An

Emily An

2018-Present
Nava Kiss

Nava Kiss

2018-Present

I’m a Biology and Marine Sciences major from Fairfax, VA, hoping to pursue a graduate degree and a career in field research. I love all aspects of marine biology, but am especially interested in reef ecology/restoration and wildlife movement patterns. However, I love to broaden my horizons in any way possible and when I’m not working, you can find me traveling, hiking, or just reading a book!

Caleb Branam

Caleb Branam

2018-Present

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major and I serve as the vice president of the Florida Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. In the coming years, I would like to pursue graduate degrees in marine science. I hope to do future graduate research on shark population dynamics or apex predator interactions. When I am not working on school work, I am most likely listening to music, watching soccer, or watching shark videos.

Hannah Powless

Hannah Powless

2018-Present

I am a Natural Resource Conservation major from Detroit, MI. Growing up landlocked, I spent some time traveling to the Pacific Northwest, which is where I got my passion for marine science. I am hoping to pursue a graduate degree in the coming years toward a career in research. I am particularly interested in studying cetacean behavior and acoustic communication. When I am not working on classwork, I am most likely playing with my dog, listening to music, or watching the Office.

Past Undergrads & Volunteers

Megan Sushil 2018 (UF undergraduate)

Caroline Barnett 2018 (UF undergraduate)

Emily Johns 2018 (UF undergraduate)

Tanya Hahn 2018 (UF undergraduate)

Amy Oxton 2017–2018 (UF undergraduate)

Gabriel Lopez 2017 (UF undergraduate)

Raquel Schoneck 2017 (UF undergraduate)

Samantha Simpson 2017 (UF undergraduate)

Lizzy Sherr 2017 (UF undergraduate)

Billy Annis 2016–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Haley Calvo 2016–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Ali Lamberski 2016–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Jamie Haggard 2016–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Devon Murray 2016 (UF undergraduate)

Kim Peter 2016 (ANERR/FDEP)

Hannah Heinke-Green 2016 (ANERR/FDEP)

Megan Christopher 2016 (ANERR/FDEP)

Ethan Bourque 2016 (ANERR/FDEP)

Caitlin Snyder 2016 (ANERR/FDEP)

Matt Davis 2016 (FWC)

Katie Davis 2016 (CPAP/FDEP)

Todd Griffith 2016 (private citizen)

Dave Armentrout 2016 (private citizen)

Samantha Caligiure 2016 (UF undergraduate)

Jonna Boyda 2015–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Alex Cook 2015–2017 (UF undergraduate)

Alyssa Thompson 2015 (UF undergraduate)

David Ousley 2015 (UF undergraduate)

Evan Hill 2015 (UF undergraduate)

Gabriel Diaz 2014–2015 (UF undergraduate)

Jon Kistemaker 2014 (UF undergraduate)

Stephen Myers 2014 (UF undergraduate)

Devon Pharo 2014 (UF undergraduate)

Paul Maneval 2013 (UF undergraduate)

Shaun Hamilton 2013 (UF undergraduate)

Simone de Lestang 2012 (UF undergraduate)

Alec Shoelson 2012 (UF undergraduate)

Eleanor Yudelman 2010 (UF undergraduate)

Jonathan Baker 2009  (UF undergraduate)

Matthew Smukall 2009 (UF undergraduate)

Michael Dickson 2009 (UF undergraduate)

Alexandra Burne 2008–2009 (UF undergraduate)