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September 24, 2013 > Local student presents research findings at UC Santa Cruz

Local student presents research findings at UC Santa Cruz

Submitted By Michael Leahy

Krti Tallam, a junior at Alsion Montessori Early College High School Program, is co-enrolled as a full time college student at Ohlone College. She applied and was admitted to a student internship program at University of California Santa Cruz in which students assist postgraduate science researchers. The typical UCSC Student Intern is a high school senior and serves only one summer. Since Krti started her first summer internship between her freshman and sophomore years, she was able to re-enroll for a second consecutive summer working with the same team of marine biologists conducting a long-term investigation of sea krill populations in Monterey Bay.

Near the bottom of the ocean food chain, abundance or scarcity of krill affects the success or failure of larger species of fish and wildlife, including those harvested for human food consumption. Identifying what happens to sea krill in response to climate change is important work.

Although day-to-day data collection can be tedious (and a little stinky), Krti Tallum says she found enjoyment in working with real world data in a dedicated lab. At the end of this summerÕs internship, Krti presented 20-minute overview of her research teamÕs work and its findings to an assembly of twenty other UCSC interns, their families and sponsoring teachers.

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