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STUDENT:Derek Somo

Published July 2013

The Educational Partnership Program (EPP) is pleased to highlight Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program class of 2010-2012 alumnus Derek Somo! Derek completed his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, where he graduated in May of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, having concentrated in ecology and evolution.

During the course of his summer 2011 research internship within NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Derek worked to process muscle samples for a study of the ontogeny of dive capacity in toothed whales. He presented his work at the 2011 NOAA Hollings Science and Education Symposium, in an oral presentation on the influence of life history and ecology on comparative dive capacity between two species of toothed whales.

Derek Somo, monitoring a seal, following a sampling 
        procedure.
Derek Somo, monitoring a seal, following a sampling procedure.
During the course of his summer 2011 research internship within NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Derek worked to process muscle samples for a study of the ontogeny of dive capacity in toothed whales. He presented his work at the 2011 NOAA Hollings Science and Education Symposium, in an oral presentation on the influence of life history and ecology on comparative dive capacity between two species of toothed whales.

In addition to his Hollings scholarship and internship work, Derek earned a National Hispanic Merit Finalist Scholarship from 2008 through his graduation in 2012, and conducted Honors Thesis research at Sabo Lab, the riverine ecology and freshwater sustainability lab at Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability.

Derek has continued his studies in NOAA mission-related sciences, and is expecting to complete his Master of Science degree in biology in May 2014. His current research focuses on comparative physiology and ecology of marine mammals.

Learn more about NOAA Office of Education opportunities, NOAA Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFCS), the Conservation Biology Division, and read publications by NWFCS researchers.

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