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Biology Major Explores Marine Life During Summer Internship in Indo-Pacific

August 2017

Spelman Biology Major Adrianna McDonaldBiology major Adriane McDonald, C’2019, has spent the summer conducting marine research in the Indo-Pacific as an intern with the Diversity Project, an international undergraduate research program. She is one of nine undergraduates from across the country participating in the program, sponsored by the University of California-HBCU Initiative and the National Science Foundation.

The 10-week program aims to increase the number of minority students in marine and evolutionary biology fields. For their fieldwork, the interns traveled to the Gump Marine Research Station on the island of Mo’orea, French Polynesia. After receiving scuba and scientific diving training, they explored the area’s coral reef ecosystems to develop research projects.

The program will culminate with research presentations by the student teams on Aug. 18 at UCLA. “The Diversity Project has opened my mind to what a Ph.D. in marine biology can lead to and the positive impact my current and future research can have on marine ecosystems as well as my local community,” said McDonald, who plans to earn a doctorate in marine biology.