Paige Connell
University of Southern California

What are you studying while on the Healy?

“I’m studying the grazing (eating) rates of microzooplankton and mesozooplankton on phytoplankton and bacteria. I am also studying the rate at which the phytoplankton grow.”

How did you become interested in this subject?

“I started studying protists as an undergrad and found that even though they are single-celled they have a lot of cool implications for many other areas of biology, including ecology and health.
Microzooplankton have adapted the way they eat their prey in many interesting ways.  For example, some dinoflagellates (a type of protist) can consume long diatom chains by engulfing the chain in a feeding veil, called a pallium.”

What do you hope to do after finishing your education?

“I’d like to work in education, whether it’s at a university, museum, or other organization- I’d like to convey my passion for marine science to to students of all ages.  It would be nice to convey the many facets of science and inspire others to pursue what they find interesting.”

Who inspired you?

“My parents. They are very interested in science. My parents encouraged my curiosity and allowed me to pursue what I found interesting. As a kid, I had a placemat with the Periodic Table of Elements!”

About The Author

Jan Arrigo

Jan currently teaches Kindergarten and First grade in Palo Alto, CA. She looks forward to a new challenge in the Fall of both Second and Fourth grades. Her main focus on the Healy will be to bring real world Science to elementary school students through text, pictures, videos and live streaming.

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