Biology in Action At USCB
Vagabond Cruises Internships
Biology students conduct research and learn to be environmental educators through their internships with Vagabond Cruises on Hilton Head Island. Here students Abby Brown and Ian Derry work with Dr. Stephen Borgianini aboard Vagabond’s “Tammy Jane” shrimp trawler.
Tidal Marsh Task Force
Dr. Mercer Brugler's students use molecular tools to identify prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants and invertebrates living near Beaufort, SC. Here Anyya Jones, Sayge LaRocco, Yessenia Becerra (left to right) take samples of organisms living on a floating dock at the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center. Learn more about the Tidal Marsh Task Force.
Environmental Acoustics and Sensing Research
Biology major Caleb Shedd (left) measures water temperature, pH, salinity, and dissolved oxygen, while Ashlee Seder records these data during a seining trip in the May River. Learn more about this work at Dr. Eric Montie's Marine Sensory and Neurobiology Lab FaceBook Page.
Target-Based Drug Discovery for Coronavirus Disease
USCB undergraduate researcher Shane M. Carey (left) assists associate professor of biochemistry and structural biology Dr. Edward L. D'Antonio on the overexpression of a target protein belonging to SARS-CoV-2 for COVID-19 drug discovery research. Learn more about the D’Antonio Laboratory.
Dr. Tye Pettay discusses environmental sensors used to measure water quality with two summer research assistants. In a program new to Beaufort County, local residents are collecting samples, performing simple water quality tests and providing their data to scientists as part of South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream, a partnership of Clemson Extension, the Port Royal Foundation and University of South Carolina Beaufort. USCB students will analyze these samples in Dr. Pettay’s lab. Learn more about protecting water quality at Dr. Pettay's lab.
USCB students including Lincoln Fuller have been guest researchers on OCEARCH research expeditions studying sharks. The nonprofit organization tags and tracks sharks, whales, turtles and other marine life. USCB’s Dr. Kim Ritchie collaborates with OCEARCH to collect data about the health, reproduction and migratory patterns of North Atlantic White Sharks.
USCB Marine Biology students dominated the virtual stage at the 2021 POSea Conference, which showcased the work of BIPOC marine scientists from around the world. Jicayla Johnson-Rosemond (left) presented her research entitled Bioinformatically mining next-gen capture libraries for black coral mitogenomes and won the Best Presentation Award in the 5-minute lightning talk category. Yessenia Bledsoe-Becerra (right) and Iesha Whittaker (middle) presented Elucidating the black coral microbiome using amplicon sequencing and Assessing the biodiversity of oyster reefs using eDNA, respectively. Learn more about POSea.
Summer Research Opportunites
USCB undergraduate Kristen Mullins inspecting a juvenile alligator for leeches (Summer 2021, Spring Island). More than two dozen University of South Carolina Beaufort undergraduates and recent graduates spent last summer conducting research. USCB’s inaugural Summer Research Experience (SRE) initiative supported students and interns who worked with faculty members in research about coral reef ecology, estuarine soundscapes, health markers in wastewater and other topics. Learn more about USCB summer research opportunities.