Student Research

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Chase Long

Chase Long, VIMS graduate student, has been selected as a 2018 Knauss Fellow.

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Khalil Russell

William & Mary undergraduate, Khalil Russell learns new research techniques.

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Emma McKee

Emma McKee, Chesapeake Bay Governor's school student, gains experience in shell aging.


Chase Long: Master’s degree candidate M. Chase Long has been awarded a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to begin his Fellowship on February 1st, 2019. Chase has been involved with SCeMFiS since 2014 when he began working in Dr. Roger Mann’s lab as an hourly technician. Since then, Chase has traveled to sea aboard SCeMFiS vessels (e.g. the Pursuit, Christy, and Jersey Girl) to conduct fieldwork, worked in the VIMS Molluscan Ecology lab on SCeMFiS projects related to age and growth in surf clams and ocean quahogs, and is now completing his M.S. in Marine Science at VIMS. His work examining recent recruitment and growth in ocean quahogs will contribute to filling in knowledge gaps in the current ocean quahog assessment. As a 2019 Knauss Fellow, Chase will work at NOAA Headquarters in the Office of the Chief Information Officer/Office of the Chief Data Officer as a Data Policy Analyst. He will participate in and contribute to policy decisions affecting the collection, storage, and availability of NOAA data to the broader community.

Khalil Russell: Khalil Russell is an undergraduate majoring in biology at the College of William and Mary. He is working with Dr. Roger Mann, VIMS as well as graduate student Chase Long, learning how to age bivalves using a technique to count growth rings in cut and polished shells. His eventual goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and become a professor of biology. Khalil was also selected as a W&M 1693 Scholar and is using his time at VIMS during the summer to better understand solutions to problems within the fishing industry.

Emma McKee: Emma McKee is a high school senior at Chesapeake Bay Governor's School for Marine and Environmental Science and an intern in Dr. Roger Mann’s molluscan ecology laboratory at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. In addition to helping with current projects in Dr. Mann's lab, she is studying the cycles of growth in the long lived individual ocean quahog, Arctica islandica for her senior research project at CBGS. Through this internship she hopes to gain a knowledge of how a marine science laboratory works, how to properly write a research paper which uses data analyses, and how to operate various scientific tools used in research.