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OR&R Representatives Meet with University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and Mauritius Interns

JULY 26, 2021 ─ During June and July 2021, the joint OR&R and University of New Hampshire Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) and UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering hosted undergraduate interns from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and a student from Mauritius studying at Gustavo Adolphus College to work on a variety of research projects, several conducted by the center for OR&R. The research topics include oil thickness, marine oil snow, oil and ice modeling, and microplastics research. 

People working in a lab.
The interns learned about and worked on projects supporting OR&R, such as joint projects involving OR&R, the Coastal Response Research Center, EPA Office of Research and Development, and Johns Hopkins University to advance our ability to characterize surface oil slicks. Image credit: University of New Hampshire/CRRC.

Ken Finkelstein, Willie Whitmore, and Demi Fox are the regional representatives for OR&R programs in the Northeast and provided presentations on their work in the areas of assessment and restoration, marine debris, emergency response, and disaster preparedness. OR&R director Scott Lundgren provided concluding remarks and participated in discussion with the interns and others from CRRC. Following their presentations, the OR&R team received several messages from students hoping to pursue careers in marine conservation and even at NOAA.

As described in this UNH Today article, this opportunity was co-sponsored by the UNH Coastal Research Response Center and the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. This initiative is highly complementary to diversity and inclusion internship initiatives in OR&R, given the support to our research projects, exchanges regarding our mission work, and direct interaction with our scientists, such as during research on characterizing surface oil slicks.

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The eight-week program also afforded the opportunity to explore and learn more about nearby coasts and Gulf of Maine waters. The interns are pictured here with UNH and CRRC staff during a visit to the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Islands, seven miles off the New Hampshire Seacoast. Image credit: University of New Hampshire/CRRC.
Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:43pm PST