Marine Biology Student Shares Research on Algae at Leading Conference
Marine Biology Student Shares Research on Algae at Leading Conference

by Thalia Hernandez ’17 M.A.
Communications and Public Affairs Graduate Assistant

One of Amanda DeLiberto’s most memorable moments from her attendance at the recent   Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans was getting the chance to meet a researcher whose findings she had studied for her own work.

“It was such a great experience to speak to her and to get her opinions on my work,” said DeLiberto, a senior. “It was amazing to see how close-knit the scientific community is. So many of the scientists at the conference knew one another or had collaborated with each other.”

The opportunity to present her research was an especially rewarding one. “It was really exciting,” she said. “It is a pretty large conference, so I got to speak and present my findings to a lot of different people from various backgrounds in science.”

Amanda DeLiberto '16

A double major in biology and marine biology, with a minor in chemistry, discussed her experiences from an internship she had last summer. Through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, she interned at the University of Southern California’s Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies on Catalina Island. She studied invasive macroalgae, seaweed that cause issues in coastal regions by killing sensitive species. 

It was a marine botany class and an “Algal Research Methods” course that fueled her interest in studying algae. “At UNH, I have gained so much experience in research skills and presentation skills through my work in the lab and my research opportunities,” she said.

It was these kinds of hands-on learning opportunities that attracted her to UNH.

“Other schools that I had visited placed less emphasis on immersive field experience,” said DeLiberto, who hopes to work in a genetics lab and pursue a Ph.D. “UNH had students out in the field learning about different research techniques during their first semester. I liked that I would be learning theory and also be able to gain hands-on experience throughout my education.”

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