MSCL strives to enhance Duke University’s ability to support the needs and interests of students who intend to pursue marine science and conservation, both educationally and professionally. We hope to provide a forum for Duke students interested in marine science and conservation. We intend to educate the Duke community about opportunities in the marine sciences available at Duke and the Duke Marine Lab and facilitate the logistics for studying at DUML. We are recognized by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Marine Lab.
Clara Bird - Co President
I'm majoring in Biology and Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. I am interested in how climate change is effecting marine ecology. This summer I studied the effects of warming ocean temperatures and increased UV exposure on algae in Blanes, Spain. I am currently doing an independent study looking at the effect of soil moisture on juvenile Venus Fly Traps.
Spirit sea creature: Sea star
Carmen Hoyt - Co President
I am studying Biology and Earth and Ocean Sciences. I am particularly interested in megafauna and mangrove habitats.
Spirit sea creature: Whale shark
Samantha Huff - Vice President
I'm a biology major and a computational biology minor. I'm interested in fishery ecology and conservation, worked in CA Fish and Wildlife lab studying abalone this past summer, and am currently doing an independent study on the age of maturity of Pacific bluefin tuna.
Spirit sea creature: Sea otter
Isabel Avery - Web Manager
I am majoring in Biophysics with a minor in Computer Science and I spent my sophomore spring away at the Duke Marine Lab. I'm interested in research on transparency in invertebrates and look to go into further biological research upon graduating.
Spirit sea creature: Pufferfish!
Adrian Cato - DUML Connections Chair
I am currently majoring in Environmental Sciences & Policy with a Marine Science & Conservation Leadership certificate. I am spending the fall semester of my junior year at the Duke Marine Lab. In the future, I hope to pursue further education and an eventual career within fisheries and aquatic sciences.
Spirit sea creature: Leafy sea dragon
Suzanne Ou - Publicity Chair
I am majoring in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy. I'm interested in tropical ecosystems and I spent Spring and Summer at the Marine Lab looking at the effect of plastic pollution on microbial communities.
Spirit sea creature: An octopus: I can't keep track of my limbs and and my brain is a donut.
Lucila Bloemendaal - Treasurer
I'm majoring in Earth and Ocean Sciences, and minoring in biology. I'm interested in marine invertebrates (especially crabs) and the geology of the ocean. I'm fascinated by deep sea creatures and the way some communities interact with the surface and interior of the Earth..
Spirit sea creature: Ghost crab
Kathryn Ridgway - Freshman Exec
I am a Duke freshman potentially studying Biology or Earth and Ocean Sciences. I am interested in ocean acidification and shark ecology!
Spirit sea creature: Great White Shark