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Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars!

By Susannah Black
March 22, 2016

Congratulations to Marine Biology Research Program Scholars!

On Sunday, March 6, four Harbor School MBRP seniors had the honor of competing in the preliminary round of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair at the Great Shepard Hall at City College.  Cezanne Bies, Zain Bin Khalid, Marc Jiminez and Luca Goldmansour presented their research alongside top science students from public and private schools across the City.

The results are in: Cezanne and Zain will be advancing to Finals!

Cezanne’s and Zain’s project, a comparison of two different spawning techniques for wild Eastern Oysters, particularly benefited from the assistance of the Aquaculture program.  They’d like to thank Pete Malinowski, director of the Billion Oyster Project, and hatchery manager Jeremy Esposito, for providing updates and guidance whenever they headed over to the aquaculture lab at the MAST Center; they would also like to thank Dr. Matt Hare of Cornell University, who was the project mentor. Materials for their project can be found here, as can materials for Marc’s and Luca’s projects.

Cezanne and Zain would also like to make the following statement: “None of this would have been possible if it weren’t for our teacher/mentor, Mauricio Gonzalez.  Great expectations (large or small) are a given both in his classroom and lab. His professionalism, passion for teaching, and uncompromising values are why we made it to the finals. Yes, he is the toughest teacher we ever had, but also the greatest.”