Magazine article American Scientist

Grants-in-Aid of Research Award Recipient Profile

Magazine article American Scientist

Grants-in-Aid of Research Award Recipient Profile

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Grant recipient: Simona Augyte

Grant awarded: Spring 2015 application cycle

Education level at the time of receiving the grant: PhD candidate

Project results:

The results of this project show that the endemic kelp is undergoing incipient speciation and is a population that is distinct from the regular sugar kelp, Saccharina latissima. The kelp was given a new name designation of Saccharina angustissima.

How this project influenced her as a scientist:

"It allowed me to delve into the field of molecular biology and answer intriguing questions about the evolution of kelps by the colonization of an extreme habitat. I also had a chance to do field work in remote parts of coastal Maine on islands and ledges exposed to high wave action. Overall, I am excited to continue researching marine macroalgae and the ecological parameters that shape their physiology and evolution. …

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