UCSB campus point. Credit: Tony Mastres

 2021 Worster Summer Research Fellowship Symposium

Join us via Zoom to celebrate our students and get a sneak peek of what they've been working on.

The Worster family graciously supports research development in ecology, evolution, and marine biology, through funding of a mentoring program that pairs undergraduates with graduate students for a summer research program. The 10-week program encompasses a hands-on collaborative research project between the undergraduate student and graduate mentor, a presentation of that research at the annual Worster Symposium, and a written summary of the team's progress and accomplishments at the end of the fellowship.

 Date & Time

May 28th, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm

 Video Presentations

 Group 1 Presentations

Time Speakers Description
1:00pm - 1:05pm Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez Opening remarks
1:05pm - 1:20pm Robert Fitch & Lauren Harris Presentation #1: “Testing the Efficacy of Wildfire Germination Cues on Artificial Chaparral Seed Banks”
1:20pm - 1:35pm Tatum Katz & Katie Hampton Presentation #2: “Observing the blink: seasonal dynamics of a deadly amphibian pathogen”
1:35pm - 1:50pm Caroline Owens & Melissa Grim Presentation #3 “Detecting Novel Algal Blooms in Alpine Lakes: A Satellite Perspective"

 1:50pm - 2:00pm

Coffee Break

 2:00pm - 2:20pm

Meet & Greet #1 (zoom breakout rooms)

 Group 2 Presentations

Time Speakers Description
2:25pm - 2:40pm Natasha Picciani & Marina Stoilova Presentation #4: “Opsin expression across disparate cell types”
2:40pm - 2:55pm Krista Kraskura & Lucy Johnson Presentation #5: "The speed of acclimation: how fish acclimate to changing temperatures."
2:55pm - 3:10pm Lisa Mesrop & Gigi Minsky Presentation #6: “Characterizing the genetic basis of novelty in a charismatic non-model system: bioluminescent ostracods ('sea fireflies')”
3:10pm - 3:15pm Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez Closing remarks

 3:15pm - 3:35pm

Meet & Greet #2 (zoom breakout rooms)