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The Traveling Cinema

A new article about Varadero is out! However, this one is not focused on the science we study but something else: “Saving Atlantis”, the documentary about Varadero reef, has been recently featured locally in Colombia. This is the story of that experience and we invite you to check it out

We welcome Dr. Allison Kerwin!

Dr. Allison Kerwin recently joined us in the Medina Lab in a postdoctoral researcher position. Allison got her PhD working under Spencer Nyholm’s lab at the University of Connecticut studying the ANG reproductive system symbiosis in Hawaiian bobtail squid. Allison will be using her expertise in next generation sequencing analysis and microscopy in the Global Coral Microbiome Project (GCMP), and will start her contributions by attending the Dimensions of Biodiversity Data Management Workshop at the University of Florida Informatics Institute next week. We are happy to have her in our team and we look forward to working together!

We were in Exploration U, Bellefonte edition

Our lab members Sofia and Ana joined fellow grad student Kathryn Stankiewicz in an outreach activity the group designed this fall called “Tangled up in the food web”.

This activity aims to teach children how organisms interact in a toy marine trophic pyramid over a succession of beneficial and/or detrimental situations. The group was among several other groups from Penn State University that were hosted by the Exploration U 2017, Bellefonte edition. Lots of families and children joined us!!  Pictures are courtesy of Allison M. Lewis.


Congratulations, Joe!

The Penn State Postdoctoral Society has awarded our current postdoc, Joe Pollock, the 2017 Outstanding Postdoc Award.  Joe will receive this award in at the 10th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Outreach event at DSC!

This past weekend we had a very successful outreach event with the help of our visiting interns at the Discovery Space, which is a local children’s museum. We had a total of 45 people come learn about coral reefs by touching samples, playing games, and having fun! (Photo credits: Colin Howe)

We welcome our first Bridge students!

This summer the Iglesias-Prieto, Baums, and Medina Labs from Penn State will be hosting 3 students from USVI through our Bridge to PhD program. Collin, Kathryn, and Akacia will be learning from each lab’s area of expertise in an intensive 8 week period. We hope this program motivates them into continuing their education with a PhD, and perhaps joining us here at Penn State!