Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is pleased to announce that one of its students is the first-ever beneficiary of the WAMAS Coral Reef Conservation Endowed Student Support Fund. The Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society, Inc. (WAMAS) donated $25,750 to provide support to NSU graduate students enrolled in NSU’s Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.
“I am very grateful to receive the WAMAS scholarship and will be using this to help cover tuition costs,” said Alyson Kuba, the NSU student receiving the scholarship. “Generous groups like WAMAS help students like me continue research in critical fields of science.”
Alyson is currently finishing her master’s degree in marine biology, and she plans on continuing her studies toward a doctorate in coral research. She said that as a child, she wasn’t drawn to dolphins or sharks or turtles – rather, there was something about corals and coral reefs that piqued her interest.
Her studies focus on the effect climate change has on coral reproduction. Specifically, she said she is assessing “the transgenerational effects of coral bleaching on larval dynamics in order to determine how climate change – particularly ocean warming – influences the recovery and connectivity of coral populations.”
With this award, Alyson will be able to continue studying what she loves.
“This donation comes directly from the proceeds of our hosting the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America in 2015 and is consistent with our shared interests in conservation and education,” said Tom Land, WAMAS President. “We are very pleased and excited to be able to offer meaningful support to NSU and to future students who will benefit from this fund.”
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Materials by Nova Southeastern University. Original article “NSU Student First Recipient of Coral Reef Conservation Endowed Student Support Fund“ appeared Dec. 16, 2016. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.