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2018 AAUS/OWUSS Lee H. Somers Scientific Diving Intern

Shane Farrell
Lawrence University

Shane Farrell, 20, from Minneapolis, MN, is currently a junior at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, where he is pursuing a double major in government and biology. Shane began diving recreationally with his mom when he was in middle school. After obtaining his Open Water Certification in 2010 his passion for diving and the world underwater was ignited. Since then, Shane has received certifications in a variety of dive specialties, such as ice diving, deep diving, dry suit diving, search and recovery and emergency oxygen provider. While taking classes and working as a research assistant at Lawrence, Shane is completing his Dive Master certification and helping with classes at a dive shop in Wisconsin.

Shane has pursued his passion for science while at Lawrence, where he has primarily focused on microbiology and molecular cloning. He began working as a research assistant in the biology department as a freshman, and since then has co-authored a paper based on cloning and characterizing ciliated genes in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans.

Shane has begun to merge his passion for underwater discovery and research while in college. In his spring term, he will travel to the Caymans to conduct dive research. Shane is looking forward to exploring a new area of science while combining his passion for research and underwater discovery this summer as the 2018 Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society Dr. Lee H. Somers Scientific Diving Intern with AAUS. 

Shane will be working with benthic ecologist Doug Rasher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and will receive his AAUS certification from the University of Maine.



2018 AAUS/OWUSS Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Intern

Lena Block
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Lena Block, 21, is currently a sophomore studying Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Lena has grown up connected to the ocean and chose to study biology in order to combine her love of conservation and diving. In high school, Lena volunteered with The Marine Mammal Center, rescuing stranded marine mammals along the California coast.

Lena became PADI Open Water certified in 2014 during her senior year of High School. After High School, Lena embarked on a gap year, traveling to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Fiji, and Madagascar. In Thailand, Lena volunteered at Elephant Nature Park, and had the unique experience of assisting with the rescue of an injured and abused elephant. In Cambodia, she taught English to second grade Cambodian children. In both Fiji and Madagascar, Lena had her first experiences with scientific diving, doing fish and invertebrate surveys as a volunteer with a non-profit group. Living simply on small islands and diving almost daily Lena found her passion, bringing together diving and scientific study. While in Fiji she gained her PADI Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Dive Master certifications. Subsequently, Lena worked as a dive master at Taveuni Ocean Sports in Fiji, deepening her love for the underwater world. Determined to keep excelling as a diver, Lena earned her AAUS Scientific Diver certification in the Spring of 2017. Lena is excited for the opportunity to acquire new scientific diving skills, working as a member of a team of researchers.

Lena will be working with Ginny Eckert and Jared Weems on Pribilof Island blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus) recruitment limitation as a potential bottleneck to rebuilding from overfished status out of remote St. Paul, Alaska (Pribilof Islands, Bering Sea).



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