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The 2002 Scholars


Amy Noel Van Buren

Amy Noel Van Buren
Amy Noel Van Buren
Seattle, Washington

Ms. Van Buren is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology from the University of Washington. Ms. Van Buren has conducted research of Megellanic penguins in Argentina and the Falkland Islands. It is this research that has influenced her academic and professional objectives. Ms. Van Buren is interested in reducing the conflicts between human activities and marine ecosystem integrity. Upon graduation, she would like to expand her research to encompass other seabird species and marine systems.





Deborah L. Howard

Deborah L. Howard
Deborah L. Howard
Baltimore, Maryland

Deborah L. Howard is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology at the University of Maryland. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s in marine science. Howard decided to pursue her doctorate in marine science because of her passion for working with the marine environment and to impress upon her children the importance of setting goals. Upon graduation, Howard is interested in pursuing the concept of lateral gene transfer within marine microbiological communities, with an emphasis on toxic species.



Jennifer E. Magussen

Jennifer E. Mangussen
Jennifer E. Magnussen
Weston, Florida

Jennifer E. Magnussen is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University. Magnussen has always had a strong interest in marine biology, particularly the deteriorating state of our ocean’s biological resources. It is this concern that has compelled Magnussen to dedicate her efforts toward objectives to overcoming obstacles that reduce the effectiveness of fisheries management. Magnussen is interested in publishing research on the development and use of genetic markers and novel methods for forensic identification of shark species, and apply these tools to survey the extent of the Asian shark fin-trade for better conservation and management planning.



Lisa Michele Wall

Lisa Michele Wall
Lisa Michele Wall
Satellite Beach, Florida


Lisa Michele Wall, Satellite Beach, Fla. - Lisa Michele Wall is enrolled in a dual Masters of Science Program in science education and biology, with a focus on marine biology, at the University of Central Florida. She has completed her master’s in science education and is currently pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction focusing on science education in Florida. Upon completion of her master’s in biology, Wall plans to pursue her doctorate in conservation biology, focusing on marine ecology in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Wall’s fascination with the marine environment began as a young girl living near the Indian River Lagoon system. Wall is a full-time high school science teacher and tries to relate her passion for the marine environment to her biology, chemistry, physics, and fundamentals of scientific research classes.