Wave Moretto

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I am interested in anthropogenic impacts to marine ecosystems and the effectiveness of marine policy in mitigating these effects. I am currently working with a fellow undergraduate student, Allegra Stahl, to study the knotting behavior observed in California Moray Eels Gymnothorax Mordax. Specifically, we are looking at how several variables, including prey size, type, and water temperature influence whether or not G. Mordax exhibits this novel behavior. After completing my undergraduate degree I am hoping to continue on to graduate school and pursue a field in which I am able to practice marine conservation from an interdisciplinary approach, by bringing together both science and policy. Currently, I am part of the UCSC Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Program and am serving as the Environmental Programs Coordinator for Rachel Carson College.