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Lily Walker is a PhD student in the Coastal and Marine System Science program and works in the Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Dynamics lab of Dr. Michael Wetz.

The goal of her dissertation research is to increase understanding of estuarine water quality and oxygen dynamics in South Texas, specifically focusing on physical and chemical drivers of dissolved oxygen.

A large portion of her dissertation will investigate the possible linkages between submarine groundwater discharge and hypoxia formation in local bay systems. With continued education and research along the parallel lines of marine ecology and geochemistry, she hopes to apply skills such as ecological modeling, geospatial tools, and remote sensing to help guide specific management interventions to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on climate change.

Gabrielle Figueroa is a NOAA CCME Undergraduate Scholar completing a B.S. in Environmental Science at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is interested in pursuing a career in environmental conservation and innovation. Gabrielle has been a part of local outreach efforts and wants to continue to learn more ways to help educate and motivate others to learn more about their environment.

Ariana Uwaibi is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at Florida A&M University. Ariana Uwaibi is interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Science with a focus in Microbiology and is currently conducting research in the area of Harmful Algal Blooms under the supervision of Dr. Richard Long and Dr. Michael Abazinge.

Andrea A. Pugh, MPH, is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Andrea is currently conducting research in the area of Modeling PFAS in the Great Lakes under the supervision of Dr. Steve Morey.

Queriah Simpson is a NOAA CCME Graduate Scholar completing a Master’s in Marine and Estuarine Environments at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. Queriah is interested in conducting research on the coral reef microbiome and coral reef resilience with Dr. Abazinge as her faculty advisor. After an internship at Thomas P. Smith Water Reclamation Facility in 2015 as an undergraduate student, she has been interested in microbes and their role in the remediation of polluted systems.