student Profiles

Rosemary Burkhalter-Castro

PhD Student

Education: B.S. Marine Science, Eckerd College (2020)

Advisor: Dr. Alastair Graham

Rosemary was born in Santiago, Chile (and is fluent is Spanish!) but called Colorado home until about five years ago when she moved to St. Petersburg, FL for college. During her undergraduate years, Rosemary was selected as a NOAA Hollings Scholar and completed two internships with the NOAA Office of Coast Survey (OCS). She selected the College of Marine Science specifically to be a part of the COMIT team and hopes to continue working with some of her former NOAA OCS colleagues. Her research interests include marine geophysics and seafloor mapping and Rosemary’s goal is to become an expert in remote sensing and advanced analysis and applications of bathymetric data.

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Catherine Dietrick

PhD Student

Education: M.S. Geographical Information Science, Florida State University (2018); B.S., Environmental Science, Florida State University (2017)

Advisor: Dr. David Naar

Catherine came to USF in 2018 after receiving a Master’s in Geographical Information Science where her studies were based in spatial analyses. As she continues her graduate studies, her goal is to contribute to coastal and marine spatial planning by creating new, innovative ways to manage, study, and understand seafloor mapping. The opportunities to work on this with experts in the field at USF are what brought Catherine to the College of Marine Science. Her work at the COMIT delves into how non-traditional data can be used to supplement seafloor mapping efforts. Specifically, Catherine is exploring methods to convert and verify predicted bathymetry from various data types. She is excited and motivated to see her research evolve in parallel with the resources, science, and expertise available at the Center.

Research Location(s): Shallow waters regions around the state of Florida

 

Mitchell Hastings

PhD Candidate

Education: B.S. Geosciences, Penn State University (2017)

Advisor: Dr. Tim Dixon

Mitchell is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and came to USF to work with Dr. Rocco Malservisi and Dr. Tim Dixon on modeling and understanding the interactions between tectonics and volcanism, especially at plate boundaries. His research interests include silicic volcanism in distributed volcanic fields, the earthquake cycle and mechanics, volcanotectonic interactions. For his dissertation, Mitchell uses geodetic and geophysical measurements like GPS, gravity, magnetics, lidar, and more to constrain subsurface processes such as magmatic intrusions and their interactions with local and regional geologic structures. He is also using geodetic data to constrain motion and behavior of the plate interface in Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica).

Research Location(s): Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica), Idaho, Tampa Bay

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Steven Paul

Master’s Student

Education: B.S. Marine Science, Eckerd College (2020)

Advisor: Dr. Alastair Graham

Steven is from Cincinnati, Ohio and he moved to St. Petersburg, FL in 2016 to attend Eckerd College. His research interests revolve around ocean mapping with the use of unmanned surface vehicles. He decided on the graduate program at CMS to be a part of COMIT.

Research Location(s): Gulf of Mexico, Antarctica

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Catalina Rubiano

Master’s Student

Education: B.S. Earth & Environmental Science, University of New Orleans (2019)

Advisor: Dr. Alastair Graham

Catalina hails from New Orleans, LA and started her academic career with a background in both ecology and the geosciences working on research projects focused on deep-sea biodiversity and fish ecology. Despite her love for ocean life, she realized her true scientific passion was in the Earth Sciences – thus why she made the switch to marine geology. She came to USF because of its focus on interdisciplinary education in ocean sciences and was drawn to the vast opportunities afforded by living in the Tampa Bay area. Catalina is an avid soccer player, having played at both the collegiate and professional levels, and also SCUBA dives. She is Colombian-American after having spent time living in her paternal family’s home country, she has the dream of one day returning there as part of her scientific career. Her Master’s project involves reconstructing regional sea level history by mapping paleoshorelines on the West Florida Shelf using a combination of surface and sub-surface imaging techniques to determine the geomorphic processes that led to the deposition and abandonment of shorelines along the Florida coast.

Research Location(s): West Florida Shelf

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