Student Awards and Highlights

10
Oct
Natalie Sawaya wins best early career presentation at international conference

Natalie Sawaya wins best early career presentation at international conference

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Natalie Sawaya, a PhD student in the Breitbart lab at the USF Co...

06
Oct
The 2017-2018 Fellowship and Award Recipients

The 2017-2018 Fellowship and Award Recipients

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 Fellowships and Awards reci...

26
Apr
Makenna Martin receives Joseph A. Cushman Student Research Award

Makenna Martin receives Joseph A. Cushman Student Research Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Board of Directors of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminifer...

25
Oct
The 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

The 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award recipi...

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Matthew Birk

Matthew Birk

About my research:

My primary research interests are in teuthology: the scientific study of cephalopods. I apply an integrative approach to my research that incorporates biochemistry, physiology, behavior, and ecology to gain a holistic understanding of these animals and their role in marine ecosystems. For my dissertation research, I am studying the effects of ocean acidification on squid physiology. Specifically, I am examining the effects of acidification on hypoxia (low oxygen) tolerance, maximum swimming speed, and chromatophore expression (color change). I am also examining how these effects may change their biogeography and ecology as climate change progresses.

Why USFCMS?

The USF College of Marine Science is a highly active and productive research institution. As a student and researcher here, I have the opportunity to collaborate with top minds in oceanography to gain a holistic understanding of the oceans and how cephalopods fulfill their roles within them. The small, tight-knit community here provides great interactions both intellectually and personally.