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2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellow Spencer Saraf

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Spencer Saraf

Spencer Saraf

Grad program: SOMAS, Biological Oceanography
Undergrad: BS in Chemistry, SUNY at Oswego
Hometown: Lockport, NY
Advisor: Dr. Anne McElroy

How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF?
I feel grateful for being recognized for my research and am excited to be given the opportunity to further pursue my research interests with the support of the NSF.

What will you research and how might it benefit the world?
I will conduct a comprehensive study examining the effects of exposure to the toxic blue-green algae Microcystis aeruginosa on fish embryos and larvae under natural bloom and developing bloom conditions, while at the same time evaluating the effects of various nutrients. M. aeruginosa affects aquatic systems worldwide and this study will provide environmentally relevant effects on developing fish.

What sparked your interest in your research, or science in general?
My scientific interests were piqued as a child when my mother, a biology professor, would bring home extra starfish for me to dissect.

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