Undergraduate Volunteers

Anna Blanchard

Anna Blanchard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 2014. She is currently a 4th year undergrad at the University of California, San Diego, and is set to graduate in June 2020. After
earning her BS in marine biology, she will attend graduate school, where she will focus on researching cetaceans. Anna has been volunteering since age 11, beginning with an environmental conservation corps and then working her way to more specialized positions. Recently, she was a naturalist on whale watching cruises and volunteered at a traveling exhibit about whales at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Now, she is volunteering for Dr. Alex Clifford studying hagfish and osedax worms and their physiological adaptations to deep sea living.

 

Kaelan Prime

Kaelan Prime is a 4th year undergraduate student volunteering in the Tresguerres Lab under PhD
candidate Garfield Kwan. Originally from New Mexico, Kaelan moved to San Diego to pursue a B.S. in Marine Biology at University of California, San Diego. She is currently collaborating with Garfield to look at the physiological effects of ocean acidification on rockfish gills as part of an independent study project. Kaelan also helps the Tresguerres Lab maintain their animals in the Hubbs Experimental Aquarium.

Kaelan has previously worked with the Lisa Levin and Linda Holland Labs during her time at UCSD. Outside of school, she works at Birch Aquarium with the exhibits team and is the 2019-2020 Liaison of the Scripps Education Association. After graduation, Kaelan hopes to pursue further education in marine biology, researching topics similar to what she does now with the Tresguerres Lab.

 

Samantha Noël

Samantha Noël is a 4th-year undergraduate student completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems at the University of California, San Diego. Raised in the land-locked state of Colorado, she moved to San Diego in 2016 to pursue her passion for coral reef ecology and cell biology. Coupled with a love for the sea, she has gained a passion for proactive urban sustainability and served as the president for Greeks Gone Green at UCSD in which she worked with campus directors on two major installations, a Smog Eating Mural and a Solar-tile Walkway. While volunteering in the Stuart Sandin Lab in 2018, Samantha worked on coral identification and reef distribution for the 100 Island Challenge. Now, as a member of the Tresguerres lab, she is working to complete her senior thesis focusing on coral physiology and metabolism.

Samantha is currently working with PhD student Angus Thies to explore molecular mechanisms of symbiont-host interactions in corals, focusing on the role of soluble adenylyl cyclase (sAC) and vacuolar-type H+ -ATPase (VHA) in sensing carbon dioxide, pH, and bicarbonate. For her senior thesis, she will be investigating metabolic capacity in coral under varying environment conditions as it relates to hypoxic and hyperoxia reef conditions.