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Graduate student awarded scholarship for independent study in marine science

Erin Arneson, a graduate student in the James H. Oliver Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS) and Department of Biology, was one of five students selected for the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship. 

The scholarship is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and provides funding for independent graduate level studies in a wide array of marine sciences. Arneson’s research revolves around the impacts of ocean acidification on corals that are abundant on the rocky hard bottoms that occur off the coast of Georgia. Ocean acidification happens when seawater absorbs carbon dioxide and increases its acidity.

Arneson, who is advised by Daniel Gleason, Ph.D., biology professor and Director of the ICPS, does research in close collaboration with the staff at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, which is one of the largest near-shore, live-bottom reefs in the Southeastern United States.


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