Diversity News

14
Mar
Natalia López-Figueroa gives a brief summary of her research and experience at OSM2018

Natalia López-Figueroa gives a brief summary of her research and experience at OSM2018

Porland, OR - My name is Natalia López-Figueroa, I am a first year Ph.D. student in t...

01
Dec
USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

ATLANTA, GA - CMS Sloan students, scholars and directors attended the 24th Institute ...

04
Oct
Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

TAMPA, FL - On Monday October 3, 2016, Professor Pamela Hallock-Muller received the U...

28
Sep
Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

TAMPA, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz has been selected as a Pathways Award winner for her...

Christian Gfatter

Christian Gfatter

About my research:

I am interested in symbiotic relationships and the study of foraminifera. These protists are found in a wide range of marine habitats and are often studied to provide insight into evolutionary processes, environmental history, and paleoceanography. Some species of foraminifera have diapause-like responses to hostile conditions such as hypoxia and my research examines the survival limits of algal endosymbiont bearing foraminifera compared to those without algal symbionts. This research will generate valuable data that will help explain prior migration and predict future expansion into marginal environments. I am also interested in analyzing foraminiferal assemblages and developing innovative methods to improve identification, such as utilizing image recognition technology.

Why USFCMS?

I believe in the College of Marine Science's interdisciplinary approach to studies in marine science and it has a diverse group of scientists within the fields of Biological, Chemical, Geological, and Physical Oceanography. All of the professors are very approachable and provide their students the necessary tools to become successful. The college, while having the resources of the greater USF system, is located in an quiet setting within the beautiful City of St. Petersburg which has numerous marine related organizations. For entertainment and recreation, there is a wide range of activities.