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March 2010 Issue

Featured - GSU Students Studying Whale Sharks Up Close

GSU Students Studying Whale Sharks Up Close

Georgia State University (GSU) is more than 200 miles from the ocean, but a partnership with the Georgia Aquarium gives interns an up-close chance to study whale sharks, the world’s largest fish. The graduate and undergraduate students observe the whale sharks’ behavior and record data for aquarium biologists to learn more about the species.

“Our team of biologists is not able to observe animals 24/7, and we have so many other tasks to do, such as diving and giving animal care that are unrelated to observation,” said Chris Coco, a zoological curator at the aquarium. “With the GSU staff, we’ve created a partnership to bring eyes and statistical expertise to generate and interpret data, which will help us to make some educated decisions. Everybody benefits.”

“This is great for students because it gives them experience in hands-on research, and a chance to see what kinds of things they might like to do after graduating, or what kinds of things they want to get involved in while at Georgia State,” said Michael Black, a post-doctoral researcher in the Neuroscience Institute at GSU. “There’s a lot of research in biology and psychology for behavior.”

Posted by Jason Steele on March 10, 2010
Published in: On Campus, Students on Campus

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