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Ana Sofia Guerra, Stanford University
It is difficult to understand how degraded coral reefs are when we have nothing to compare them to. Fortunately, some corners of the Earth still offer the unique opportunity of studying untouched reegs. Aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, the Stanford@SEA class sailed from O’ahu to Palmyra Atoll, a remote and mostly pristine coral atoll, and Fanning and kiribati, two populated remote islands that form part of the Republic of Kiribati. Their projects focused on the effect of human impact and overfishing on the abundance and behavior of herbivorous fish, and the effect of overfishing on the abundance of corallivore fish and coral disease.
Ana Sofia Guerra graduated from StanfordUniversity with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (Ecology and Evolution) in 2013. She was born in Monterrey, México and grew up moving around different countries. At the age of 12, when she was living in Brazil, she got scuba certified and found her passion. At StanfordUniversity she worked and studied at Hopkins Marine Station in MontereyBay for three years, had the opportunity to conduct research on Palmyra Atoll for a variety of different projects, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Stanford@SEA class in 2013. Her interests include marine ecology, marine invasive species, parasite and disease ecology, and ornithology. Currently, she works for California State Parks Natural Resources Agency and hopes to enter a PhD program in a couple of years. In her free time enjoys scuba diving, biking, hiking and drawing.
The Plasic Effect: How Plastic Pollution is Changing the Ocean Ecosystem
Emelia DeForce is a Research Scientist at MO BIO Laboratories in Carlsbad, CA. She received her master’s and PhD degrees at University of Massachusetts Boston studying both medically important microorganisms as well as microbes that live in soil. Because microorganisms are found everywhere, she has traveled to very remote places to sample, and is thankful for every opportunity to be on the ocean.