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Danielle Tuzzolino - Marine Ecology Lab

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

During my SERC internship I examined Mnemiopsis leidyi reproduction rates in the Rhode River system. I studied the effects of ctenophore size, zooplankton densities, and various other variables on ctenophore egg production. From this research I determined that ctenophore body size, the differences between the sites, the different sampling dates, and the average zooplankton densities all have a significant affect on egg production rates. The combined results of my egg production research and Eileen's (another intern in the Marine Ecology lab) research on ctenophore and mesozooplankton abundances in the Rhode River will be written up in a paper to be published. In addition to my own research project, I also participated in the sampling for the larger scale project examining ctenophore, sea nettle, and zooplankton densities on the Patuxent River. Overall this opportunity has been a lot of fun, interesting, and a very educational experience. I will no doubt use what I've learned this summer as I pursue my future graduate studies.

Funding provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee