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Eckerd Senior Kristina Petraites '14 Awarded Galbraith Fellowship for Summer Research at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

posted on 07/10/2013

Eckerd College rising senior Kristina Petraites '14 has been awarded the Galbraith Fellowship for a 10-week summer internship at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). Kristina will be working with Dr. Eric Hochberg on how optics can be used to determine coral pigmentation changes and correlate these changes to the health of the coral. Said Kristina, "The lab is also working on mapping the reefs of Bermuda - specifically, determining the different coral and fish species and other things that live on the different reefs."

EC Kristina Petraites '14

In the photo above, Kristina is working on an independent project. "Here, I am measuring the spectral reflectance of corals to determine day-to-day changes in their pigmentation, she explains. "I'm taking the measurements using a spectrometer, fiber optic cable, and flashlight. The spectrometer is attached to a fiber optic cable, which is attached to a flashlight, and that's how I actually take the data. The spectrometer actually measures the reflectance."

EC Kristina Petraites '14 headshotKristina is majoring in marine science with a concentration in biology and a minor in Italian. While at Eckerd, she has served as a teaching assistant for the biological oceanography course and participates in the Aqua Bums scuba diving club. She is the daughter of Erin and Robert Petraites of Germantown, Md.

About the Galbraith Fellowship
In 1994, philanthropists John and Rosemary Galbraith started an endowment for a fellowship that supports one Eckerd student, either a rising junior or senior, to participate in a summer internship at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS). The Galbraith Fellowship covers travel to Bermuda and all expenses associated with a 10-week stay at BIOS, plus a stipend of about $2,000.00. Each year, Eckerd faculty members solicit applications from Eckerd students and the best applications are sent to BIOS. The research staff at BIOS then identifies the best fit among the applications to the needs in their labs.

About Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
Founded in 1903 as the Bermuda Biological Station for Research by scientists from Harvard and New York University, BIOS is an independent marine science organization that takes advantage of Bermuda's ideal location for deep-ocean and coral reef research and education. The organization's mission is to transform the fields of oceanography, marine science, and ocean health through a blend of cutting edge research, comprehensive educational experiences and a commitment to share our knowledge internationally.

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