A Student Perspective

From undergraduate to graduate to a recently finished Ph.D., the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) team has a unique student perspective. These interviews were conducted and edited by Deb Greene, an educator from the Anchorage School District.

Dr. Jenna Spackeen


Spackeen submitted her dissertation from port the day this cruise left. Her Ph.D. generally focussed on the impact of climate change on Antarctic phytoplankton. She started in the Bronk lab after a chance meeting with Deborah Bronk at a women in science breakfast at a conference. She has been on five polar expeditions and plans to continue answering critical climate change questions in the polar regions. 




Zane Norton


Norton is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee studying biochemistry. He is doing a summer internship with the lab. He plans to pursue a career in biological sciences or chemistry. 




Brianna Stanley


Stanley is a second year graduate student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Her main research focus is on urea cycling in coastal waters. She was a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student at VIMS before joining the group. This is her second polar cruise and she is excited about a future in oceanography. 








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