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Collin Williams

Program - OSG Summer Scholars

Assignment - As a 2016 Summer Scholar, Collin will work on two different biological monitoring projects at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. One project will monitor settling rates of the Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida) throughout the Coos estuary. This information will be used to determine the restoration potential at different locations. For a second project, Collin will collect fish specimens to determine changes in species richness, diversity, and distribution in South Slough.

Education - Collin will graduate from the University of Alabama (UA) in December 2016 with a double major in Marine Science/Biology and a minor in Geology. He has served as an undergraduate research assistant at UA’s Department of Geology where he has conducted stable isotope analysis on the skeleton’s of marine invertebrates. Collin spent last fall at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab studying the effects of diet on larval oysters. Currently, he is working on his own project investigating genetic effects on oyster shell growth.

Professional and research interests - After graduation, Collin plans to work as an observer on commercial groundfish vessels in Alaska. He hopes do develop his species identification and statistical analysis skills while gaining experience working at sea. In the future, Collin wishes to return to school and pursue a Master’s degree in Oceanography or Fisheries Science.