Many of our alumni have used the Marine Biology PSM program as a springboard into advanced degree programs. 36% of our alumni having graduated 2 or more years ago are pursuing PhD degrees, while another 10% are pursuing or have completed other advanced degrees (MD, DVM, MEd, MBA)
The students pictured above in September 2008 were about to embark on a training research dive. While only a few weeks into the Marine Biology PSM program at that time, all have since graduated, with 3 of the 4 currently pursuing PhD degrees and all 4 remaining close friends.
From R to L are:
Ashwin Bhandiwad: Ashwin entered the Marine Biology PSM program with a BA in Biophysics from John Hopkins University. He completed his internship with Dr. Sonke Johnsen at Duke University, and published their research examining the effects of salinity and temperature on the transparency of grass shrimp. Ashwin is now a Phd student in the Sisneros lab at the University of Washington, studying the mechanisms of sound perception in fishes and their behavioral effects. He is also the Associate Director of the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. Ashwin’s web page
Austin Gallagher: Austin received a BS in Biology and a Journalism Minor from Loyola University. He worked with Dr. John Mandelman at the New England Aquarium during his internship, and published their work comparing blood chemistry measures in elasmobranchs with portable-field vs standard lab techniques. Austing is a PhD candidate advised by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag at the University of Miami, and is studying marine predator ecology and conservation, as well as the social and political implications of human interactions with these species. Austin also co-directs the Beneath the Waves Film Festival, which he founded in 2011. Austin’s webpage
Andrew Shantz: Andrew came to us with a BS in Anthropology and an Environmental Biology Minor from the University of Colorado. He completed his internship working in Dr. Deron Burkepile’s lab and published his research examining the effects of coral density and predation on the growth of a reef building coral. Andrew is continuing on for his PhD in the Burkepile lab at Florida International University, examining how nutrient enrichment alters the foraging decisions of herbivores and how these alterations may in turn modify community structure. He is also the Associate Organizer for the Beneath the Waves Film Festival. Andrew’s webpage
Matthew Moretti: While Matt is not currently pursuing a PhD degree, you can read about the exciting path he has taken in the Business & Industry profiles.