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Research Expeditions & Sailing Adventures Experiential learning in molecular ecology

In January 2020, ten UWL students from the College of Science and Health embarked on a mission to sequence genomic DNA from threatened corals. Students sailed from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to Culebrita, Culebra, and Vieques in the Spanish Virgin Islands near Puerto Rico.

All students were funded by UWL Research and Creativity Awards to identify stress response genes in corals that contribute to resilience in the face of changing ocean conditions.

Students learned basic navigational and sailing skills while documenting reef health and learning molecular biology.

For information on research, contact Dr. Jennifer Klein: jklein@uwlax.edu; Prairie Springs Science Center 4040

This particular trip was not a UWL Study Abroad program offered through International Education and Engagement (IEE). Global Treks and Adventures (Winona, MN) coordinated this trip. Future trips might be offered for credit via IEE, so check back frequently.

Our sailing molecular biology lab