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The Marine and Atmospheric Science Program

Welcome all incoming and prospective students! As the Peer Counselors, we would like to introduce you to life as a student at both the University of Miami and the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Incoming students are paired with a Peer Counselor who will help make the transition into college as smooth and enjoyable as possible, both academically and socially. We are here as guides for incoming and prospective students who are interested in studying marine and atmospheric science. If you have any questions about the program, the campus, life at the university, or anything else, please email any one of us, and we will do our very best to help you find an answer to your questions.

Sabrina Ufer

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
MajorsMarine Science/Chemistry
MinorsClimate Science and Policy
Class2021
Emailslu6@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: phytoplankton
Bio:  Hey people, I’m Sabrina! My majors are in marine science and chemistry, and I spend most of my time underwater. I am the president of Rho Rho Rho and Freediving Club (new!),... 

Kaela Preston

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsSpanish, Climate Science and Policy
Class2022
Emailkrp80@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: beluga whale
Bio:  Hi guys! My name is Kaela and I am a junior majoring in Marine Science/Biology and minoring in Spanish and Climate Science and Policy. On campus, I’m heavily involved in RhoRhoRho and MMRT, and...


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Griffin Alexander

MajorsMarine Affairs
Class2021
Emailgna20@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: bottlenose dolphin
Bio:  Hello, I am from Naples, Florida and the closest thing to a fish you can find on land. I grew up on the beach; the ocean is my home. Anything I can do in the water, I do. I have surfed and sailed my entire life, I have been SCUBA diving since I was 12, and have my advanced open water certification ...


Sofia Bond

MajorsMarine Affairs
MinorsSustainable Business
Class2023
Email scb160@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: manatee
Bio:  Hi, I’m Sofi Bond! I’m majoring in Marine Affairs and plan to minor in Sustainable Business. Born and raised in Miami, I have always had a passion for protecting the ocean and environment. ...


Emma Borgsmiller

MajorsMarine Science/Meteorology
MinorsMathematics
Class2022
Emailexb686@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: : thunderstorms
Bio:  Hi! My name is Emma and I'm a junior from Frederick, Maryland. I'm double majoring in marine science and meteorology with a minor in math. I am an active ...

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Maria Calandranis

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2021
Emailmxc1772@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : whale shark
Bio:  Hello! I am a senior at the University of Miami that is majoring in marine science and biology. I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but I get my love for the ocean from visiting family in Greece. I love working in Dr. Langdon's coral lab, playing ...



Angel Carrasquillo

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsComputer Science
Class2022
Emailalc251@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : giant squid
Bio:  My name is Angel Carrasquillo, I'm originally from New Jersey but moved to Miami as a kid and would like to welcome you to the city. I'm a junior majoring in Marine Science and Biology with a minor ...

Nina Colagiovanni

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2021
Emailnmc109@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : whale shark
Bio:  My name is Nina and I am a junior studying Marine Science/Biology. I am the current Vice President of the Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT), and a member of Rho Rho Rho and Scuba Club. I am also a volunteer in Dr. Chris ...


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Landon Chen

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsChemistry
Class2021
Emaillkc23@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : coelacanths
Bio:  My name is Landon Chen and I am a senior studying Marine Biology with a minor in chemistry on the pre-veterinary track. I love keeping aquariums and terrariums, diving, fishing, hiking, hammocking, and ...


Shannon Dickey

MajorsMarine Science/Biology, Criminology
Class2022
Emailsxd901@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : great white shark
Bio:  Hi there! I’m Shannon and I am a sophomore studying Marine Science, Biology, and Criminology. I am from New Jersey and I enjoy dancing, diving, and really any activity that is outdoors. ...


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Danielle Dvorkin

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsPsychology, Mathematics
Class2023
Emaildsd86@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Fly River Turtle
Bio:  Hi! I’m Danielle and I’m from Morristown, NJ. My major’s marine science/biology with a minor is psychology and mathematics. Currently, I’m a member of Rho Rho Rho,...

Hayley Flanagan

MajorsMarine Science/Geology
MinorsGeospatial Technology
Class2023
Emailhrf46@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : penguin
Bio:  Hello! My name is Hayley and I am a sophomore from New Jersey majoring in marine science and geology, and minoring in geospatial technology. ...



Maria Geoly

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology
Class2021
Emailmeg304@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : scalloped hammerhead shark
Bio:  My name is Maria Geoly and I am a rising senior. Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, I transferred to UM halfway through my sophomore year after deciding to give up my collegiate tennis career to ...

Shea Halpenny

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2022
Emailsph58@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : starfish
Bio:  I am currently studying Marine Biology because of my interest in the ocean and all the unique life it holds. My labs are some of my favorite classes because I love being hands on! I also have an interest in writing and enjoy helping people edit papers. ...


Eve Johnson

MajorsMarine Science/Mathematics
MinorsComputer Science
Class2022
Emailexj201@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : nudibranchs
Bio:  My name is Eve Johnson and I am studying Marine Science and Math with a minor in Computer Science. I am actively involved in many of the marine science organizations on campus like Rho Rho Rho ...


Lina Koschik

MajorsMarine Science/Geology
MinorsArt, Art History
Class2021
Emailchk42@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : extant: parrotfish, extinct: crinoids
Bio:  Hey! I’m Lina and I’m a senior from Montclair, NJ majoring in Marine Science and Geological Sciences & minoring in Art and Art History. I’m involved in Sigma Gamma ...


Devon Ledbetter

MajorsMarine Affairs, Communications
Class2023
Emaildll117@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : sharks
Bio:  Howdy! My name is Devon and I’m a marine affairs and communications double major. I'm from Texas and I love to travel. I'm a rescue diver and I love to ski, off-road, listen to music and meet new people. I'm hoping to get my divemaster certification ...

Gemma Luther

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsEcosystem Science and Policy
Class2022
Emailgsl49@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : vaquita
Bio:  Hi everyone! My name is Gemma Luther and I will be a junior this coming year at UM. I am a Marine Science/Biology major and am minoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy. ...



Cameron Masiello

MajorsMeteorology, Mathematics
Class2022
Emailcxm1314@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Portuguese Man-O-War
Bio:  My name is Cameron Masiello and I am currently an undergraduate sophomore majoring in meteorology and mathematics. I love the weather, specifically hurricanes, and enjoy the discovery behind figuring out ...

Zach Michael

MajorsMeteorology, Applied Mathematicsy
Class2022
Emailzrm19@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: : tornados
Bio: Hello everyone, my name is Zach Michael and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am a sophomore at UM double majoring in meteorology and applied math. I'm fascinated by extreme weather especially tornadoes and hurricanes. ...


Julia Nuss

MajorsMarine Affairs
MinorsEcosystem Science and Policy, Motion Pictures
Class2023
Emailjxn551@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : tiger shark
Bio:  Hey, I'm Julia and I'm from Boston (go pats!). I'm majoring in Marine Affairs, and am also pursuing minors in Ecosystem Science and Policy and Motion Pictures on the ...


Mikayla Quigley

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsMicrobiology and Immunology
Class2021
Emailmrq3@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : narwhal
Bio:  Hi! I’m an incoming senior from Boston studying Marine Science/Biology with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology. I love traveling and pretending I'm funny. ...


Rob Shugart

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2022
Emailrms311@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : manatee
Bio:  I'm Rob Shugart, originally from Indiana studying Marine Science / Biology. I'm an avid scuba diver and try to spend as much time in the water as I can. Marine science has always been a big part of my life since ...

Emily Speciale

MajorsMarine Science/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class2023
Emailevs26@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: winter flounder
Bio:  Hi everyone! My name is Emily Speciale. I'm from Annapolis, Maryland, so I basically grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, and it's what made me passionate about ...



Nate Taminger

MajorsMarine Science/Meteorology/Mathematics
MinorsClimate Science and Policy
Class2022
Emailnht8@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: haboobs
Bio:  Hi! My name is Nate Taminger, and I am a sophomore studying meteorology, marine science, and math with a minor in climate science and policy. I came to UM from Virginia because I wanted to study ...

Zoe Thomas

MajorsMarine Science/Microbiology and Immunology
MinorsChemistry
Class2022
Emailztt3@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: aurelia aurita
Bio:  What's up guys! Welcome to the world of RSMAS and UM! My name is Zoe Thomas and I am a junior with a double major in Marine Science/Microbiology and a minor in chemistry. I'm from Oregon (west coast ...


Sarah Van Roekel

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology
Class2023
Emailsiv11@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: yellowtail damselfish
Bio:  Hi! My name is Sarah. I grew up in Florida and am pretty much in love with the ocean. I was swimming before I could walk and enjoyed exploring the mangroves, surfing, and snorkeling growing up. I love all sorts of marine life and have loved all my classes with RSMAS so far. I hope to go...


Ali Walker

MajorsMeteorology/Mathematics
Class2021
Emailalw140@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: hurricanes
Bio:  Hi guys! I’m Ali and I’m a senior studying math and meteorology. I love traveling, scuba diving, and hanging out in the sun. I just came back from study abroad in Australia and I can’t wait to come back to campus! I’m involved in UM’s American Meteorological Society,...


Victoria Zelinski

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsSpanish, Chemistry, Marine Policy
Class2021
Emailvlz3@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: giant oceanic manta ray
Bio:  Hey guys, I'm Victoria! I'm a (rising) senior studying marine science & biology, with minors in Spanish, chemistry, and marine policy. I'm vegan and super into ecological sustainability and making ...