Collegiate High School at NWFSC29th Season

NWF State College Student Interning with Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology

Northwest Florida State College student Kirstin Carter of Fort Walton Beach is spending the winter months along the coast -- not her familiar Emerald Coast but across the country on the coast of southern Oregon.

Kirstin Carter Oregon

Carter is among a select few students chosen for a research internship in support of a project being conducted by the University of Oregon's Institute of Marine Biology. The purpose of the research project is to study the effect of winter storms on the spawning of intertidal invertebrates.

Specifically, Carter and the other interns are sorting live zooplankton samples for newly spawned larvae and embryos and raising these larvae in the lab. A University of Oregon official described the work as "seven days a week for about three months with only a few days off -- intense in other words."

"It will be cool," said Carter, who graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 2013. "I think I will learn a lot."

After she returns from Oregon and completes her Associate of Arts degree at NWF State College, Carter plans to major in marine biology at the University of West Florida.

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