P.O. Box 6397 University, MS 38677 662-816-4828
EDUCATION M.S. University of Mississippi-Environmental Toxicology, Oxford, MS. May 2012 University of Mississippi- Pharmaceutical Sciences, Oxford, MS. May 2010
RESEARCH INTERESTS Adaptive and evolutionary biology/ecology, genetic connectivity and implications for marine biodiversity and marine conservation (specifically coral reef ecosystems). Bridging the gaps between primary research and direct implications towards marine conservation initiatives and public outreach through visual media (photography and videography).
August 2010-June 2012 Research Assistant. Environmental Toxicology Program. Dr. Deb Gochfeld and Dr. Marc Slattery-University of Mississippi. Projects focused on variability of antibacterial properties of Hawaiian corals, Montipora White Syndrome, Aplysina Red Band Syndrome, and ocean acidification on sponges and corals from Hawaii and the Bahamas. Processing of seagrass and sediment samples for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon analysis following the BP Gulf oil spill. May-June 2011 Teaching Assistant. NOAA-funded University of Mississippi study abroad course “Coral Reef Stressors: Adaptation in Tropical Marine Ecosystems.” Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. March 2010-August 2010 Research Technician. Department of Pharmacognosy, Dr. Marc Slattery-University of Mississippi. Projects focused on coral, sponge, and algal extractions, and secondary metabolite isolations using High Performance Liquid Chromatography, and disease on corals.
February 2007-April 2009 Pharmacy Technician. Kroger PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITES/ FIELD EXPERIENCE
Aquarius Mission in Key Largo, FL July 2011: Support diver/research assistant. Research on ocean acidification- acidified micro-habitats, sponge transplantation experiments, additive effects of acidification and increased temperature on sponge and coral physiology. Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas summer 2011: Investigating adapted tolerance to ocean acidification and elevated temperature in the marine sponge, Chondrilla nucula, from an extreme environment. Assisted in other group members’ work on sponge, algal, coral, and fish ecology: coral reef surveys, sponge, coral, and fish collections, transplant experiments, wet lab experiments, physiological measurements. Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas June 2010: University of Mississippi study abroad course “Coral Reef Stressors: Adaption in Tropical Marine Ecosystems.” Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS, AND RECOGNITIONS v Best Poster Award: Basic Sciences. The University of Mississippi Graduate Student Council Research Symposium 2012 v Placed in Top 3 in Oxford Endurance 5k run (Male 20-24 division). Aug. 3, 2012. Oxford, MS v Awarded access to “laboratory section” in ‘eteRNA’, an online RNA synthesis project developed by Stanford and Carnegie Mellon University (<7% achieve laboratory access) v Featured instructables (8) by editors: www.instructables.com/member/slylee/ v Awarded a NOAA scholarship to participate in University of Mississippi study abroad course “Coral Reef Stressors: Adaption in Tropical Marine Ecosystems.” Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas. 2010 v Completed 40 mi Bike Ride with a self-built single speed bike. 2012 Double Decker Ride Oxford, MS. v Nominated to participate in the 2010 “Ole Miss Women’s Council Leadership Series” v “Chancellor’s Ole Miss First” Scholarship (undergraduate-4 years) v Nominated to the National Scholars Honor Society (undergraduate) v Winner of the 2007 Freshman Interview Scholarship Contest-University of Mississippi v Eagle Scout -Troop 144
Lee SJ (2012) Adaptive tolerance to ocean acidification in the marine sponge: Chondrilla nucula. Master thesis, University of Mississippi Gochfeld DJ, KE Pappas, S Lee and GS Aeby (2011) Variability in Antibacterial Activity in Hawaiian Corals. pp. 137-139. In: Pollock, N.W. (ed.), Diving for Science 2011. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 30th Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL.
Manuscripts in Preparation: Lee SJ, Slattery M, Gochfeld DJ. Phenotypic plasticity in the sponge, Chondrilla nucula, in response to site-specific stressors. Invertebrate Biology (In review).
PRESENTATIONS AND SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS
Lee SJ, DJ Gochfeld, M Slattery. Adapted tolerance to ocean acidification in a marine sponge: a physiological and biochemical approach. Benthic Ecology Meeting 2012. March 21-24, 2012 Gochfeld DJ, S Lee and GS Aeby. Variability in antimicrobial chemical resistance to Montipora White Syndrome. 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Cairns, Australia, 9-12 July 2012. Slattery M, S Lee, C Easson, C Williams, E Hunkin, D Gochfeld. Sponge diversity and acclimation in naturally-acidified marine caves. Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO). Feburary 20-24, 2012. Gochfeld DJ, KE Pappas, S Lee and GS Aeby. Variability in antibacterial activity in Hawaiian corals. American Association of Underwater Scientists Diving for Science Symposium. October 10-15, 2011.
Corrales J, S Lee, L Steele, DJ Gochfeld, M Slattery, A Boettcher, KL Willett. Potential Impact of Oil Contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Seagrasses of the MississippiAlabama Coast. Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO). May 15-18, 2011. Corrales J, S Lee, L Steele, DJ Gochfeld, M Slattery, A Boettcher, KL Willett. Potential Impact of Oil Contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Seagrasses of the MississippiAlabama Coast. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). April 26-28, 2011.
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS Diving: § § § § AAUS Scientific Diving certified (80 dives) NAUI EANx Diver certified SSI Advanced Open Water SCUBA certified SSI Open Water SCUBA certified
Other: § § § Oxygen First Aid for Emergencies certified-MEDIC First Aid International First Aid Certified- American Red Cross CPR/AED-Adult- American Red Cross
SKILLS/ INTERESTS Lab: High Performance Liquid Chromatography, chromatography columns, Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry, heat shock protein 70 quantification via western blots, protein quantification via Bradford Assay, chlorophyll a quantification, Pulse Amplified Modulated fluorometry, lipid fraction ratio quantification, cyanobacteria counts, carbohydrate quantification, disk assays and 96 well plate assays for antibacterial quantification. Software: R, JMP, Erdas Imagine, Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, IMAGE PRO, IMAGE J, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premire, Final Cut Pro. Languages: Mandarin Chinese (Beginner/Intermediate), Spanish (Beginner level) Extracurricular: Weekly volunteer at More Than a Meal soup kitchen- I tutor children and adults, interact with individuals on a personal level, and provide transportation for those in need. Photography/ underwater photography, archery, Crossfit, biking, soccer, camping, drums, piano.
REFERENCES Dr. Erica Hunkin (friend and colleague)- University of Mississippi. Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pharmacognosy. email@example.com (662-915-2009) Dr. Marc Slattery (co-Advisor)- University of Mississippi. Professor of Pharmacognosy. Research Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Science. Interim Executive Director – NIUST. Director of the Ocean Biotechnology Center and Repository (NIUST Division). firstname.lastname@example.org (662-915-1053) Dr. Deborah Gochfeld (co-Advisor)- University of Mississippi. Senior Scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research. Adjunct Professor of Biology. email@example.com (662-915-6769)