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Kevin Turner - Invasions Ecology Lab

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

The majority of my summer was spent processing plates for the Marine Invasion Ecology Labâ??s Fouling Survey.  This consisted of examining preserved settling plates in the lab to pick out samples of every organism encountered on the plates.  I also spent time in the field in Miami and Tampa, FL, collecting plates from the marinas they had been soaking in, and processing them while they were still alive.  I also conducted an independent, data analysis-based project, looking at opisthobranchs (nudibranchs and other sea slugs) that were found on plates from the west coast of the United States, and at the settlement pattern of one of the species encountered.  The title of my presentation was, â??Opisthobranchs on the West Coast of the US and The settlement pattern of Onchidoris bilamellata.â??  Once I return home, I will finish the last two quarters of my undergraduate education at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, and I will then go on to pursue a Masters and Doctorate degrees.

Funding provided by National Science Foundation - REU