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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.

Kaela Preston

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsSpanish, Climate Science and Policy
Class2022
Emailkrp80@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Humpback whale
Bio:  Hello! My name is Kaela and I am a senior majoring in Marine Science/Biology and minoring in Spanish and Climate Science and Policy. On campus, I am heavily involved in MMRT (I am the ...

Zoe Thomas

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
MajorsMarine Science/Microbiology and Immunology
Minors: Chemistry 
Class2022
Emailztt3@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Aurelia aurita
Bio: Hey guys! My name is Zoe Thomas and I am a senior majoring in Marine Science/Microbiology and Immunology with a minor in chemistry. I am involved in ... 


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Tiana Acito

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2023
Emailtca33@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Flounder
Bio:  Hi! My name is Tiana Acito and I am a junior majoring in marine science and biology. I am from New Jersey and ever since I was little I have been spending my summers near the ocean. I am super interested in ocean conservation and love conversing about the topic! A fews things ...


Jeanette Betke

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology
Minors: Political Science
ClassJunior
Emailjhb159@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Bottlenose dolphin
Bio: My name is Jeanette Betke and I’m a junior from University Park, MD. I’m majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology and minoring in Political Science. I volunteer in the Ocean Acidification Coral Lab at RSMAS, and ...


Avery Boals

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Minors: Chemistry and Psychology
Class2023
Emailagb109@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Sunfish
Bio: Hi, my name is Avery Boals, and I am from Memphis, Tennessee. I am a junior majoring in Marine Science and Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. I like scuba diving, snorkelling, travelling, taking photographs, and watching movies! ...

Sofia Bond

MajorsMarine Affairs
MinorsSustainable Business
Class2023
Email scb160@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: Manatee! They’re so cute
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: : Megacryometeors
Bio:  Hi! My name is Emma and I'm a senior from Frederick, Maryland. I'm double majoring in marine science and meteorology with a minor in math. I am an ...

Angel Carrasquillo

MajorsMarine Science and Biology
MinorsComputer Science, History
Class2022
Emailalc251@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Giant squid
Bio:  My name is Angel Carrasquillo, I am originally from New Jersey but I have lived in Miami since I was a kid and I welcome you to the city. Since my freshman year I have been working in the marine genomics lab ...


Michael Castellucci

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology
MinorsComputer Science
Class2024
Emailmjc715@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Manta ray
Bio:  Hi, I am a sophomore studying marine biology and computer science. I am from Wheeling, WV and have grown up loving the outdoors. Some hobbies of mine include skateboarding, SCUBA diving, hiking,...


Gerald Clark

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Minors: Marine Policy
Class2024
Emailgbc36@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Spinner Dolphins
Bio:  Hi, my name is Gerald Clark, and I am a sophomore who is studying Marine science/Biology with a minor in Marine Policy. I am from Sherman, Texas, a small farm town about an hour north of Dallas. ...


Katherine Devore

MajorsMarine Science and Mathematics (Applied Analysis)
MinorsComputer Science
Class2022
Email krd57@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Christmas tree worms!
Bio:  Hi y’all, my name is Katie and I am from Tucson, Arizona. I am the current president of Rho Rho Rho and involved in UThrift, ...

Shannon Dickey

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsCriminology
Class2022
Emailsxd901@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: Frogfish
Bio:  Hi there! I’m Shannon and I am a senior studying Marine Science and Biology. I am from New Jersey and I enjoy dancing, diving, and really any activity that is outdoors. I love animals and have had the pleasure to work...



Simonne Dodge

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology; Ecosystem Science and Policy
MinorsPolitical Science
Class2024
Emailmsd158@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Sea Otter
Bio:  Hi friends! My name is Simonne, and I am an incoming sophomore from New Hampshire double majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology and Ecosystem ...

Gianna Faraci

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2024
Emailgmf103@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Elkhorn Coral
Bio:  Hello! I’m Gianna Faraci! I am currently a sophomore at the University of Miami! I am from Chicago but grew my love for the ocean from traveling to Florida all the time with my family! I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honors society ...


Nicholas Forcone

MajorsMeteorology
MinorsMath
Class2024
Emailncf44@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon:: Hurricanes
Bio:  Hey, my name is Nick and I’m a sophomore studying meteorology at UM. I knew I wanted to study the weather after Hurricane Sandy impacted my hometown in New York. I’m interested in tropical ...


Shea Halpenny

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2022
Emailsph58@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Aplysia (sea slug)
Bio:  I am currently a senior studying Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami. I am from Buffalo, NY, so I didn't grow up around the ocean but it became a passion of mine. I am a member of Rho Rho Rho and was on the executive board for Ocean Awareness Week this past spring. ...


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Laura Jones

MajorsMarine Biology and Ecology
MinorsEcosystem Science and Policy
Class2024
EmailLxj301@miami.eduu
Favorite marine organism: : Mantis Shrimp
Bio: Hey everyone! I am an incoming sophomore majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology and minoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy. I’m from San Diego, California and my entire childhood was centered around the ocean. I’ve known from a young age ...

Devon Ledbetter

MajorsMarine Affairs and Communications
MajorsManagement and Psychology
Class2023
Emaildll117@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Manta Ray
Bio:  Hi guys! My name is Devon and I’m a Marine Affairs and Communications double major. I grew up in central Texas before I moved here to Miami, Florida for college to start studying marine science. UM is the perfect place for the field, and I could ...



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 am an incoming senior majoring in Marine Science/Biology and minoring in Ecosystem Science and Policy. I grew up in San Diego, California ...

Nikki Lyons

MajorsMarine Science and Microbiology/Immunology
MinorsHistory
Class2024
Emailnjl84@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Basking shark
Bio:  Hi everyone! My name is Nikki Lyons and I am a sophomore majoring in Marine Science and Microbiology/Immunology (on the pre-vet track) with a minor in history. ...


Cameron Masiello

MajorsMeteorology and Applied Mathematics
Class2022
Emailcxm1314@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: : Spiral Gravity Waves in Intense Tropical Cyclones
Bio:  My name is Cameron Masiello, and I am currently an undergraduate senior majoring in meteorology and applied mathematics. I am co-president of the university's ...


Zach Michael

MajorsMeteorology and Applied Mathematics
Class2022
Emailzrm19@miami.edu
Favorite weather phenomenon: : Tornadoes
Bio: Hello, my name is Zach Michael and I am a rising senior double majoring in Meteorology & Applied Mathematics. I grew up in the Chicago area and after seeing a huge tornado here a few years ago with my own eyes, I knew I wanted to study ...


Julia Nuss

MajorsMarine Affairs
MinorsEcosystem Science & Policy, Journalism, Motion Pictures
Class2023
Emailjxn551@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Tiger Shark
Bio:  Hey! I'm Julia and I'm from Wayland, Massachusetts. I’m majoring in Marine Affairs, and I’m also studying environmental science, photography, documentary filmmaking, and journalism. I love to travel ...

Ally Parr

Majors Marine Science/Biology
Class2024
Emailaep157@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : bottlenose dolphin
Bio:  Hi! My name is Ally and I’m currently a sophomore studying marine science and biology. I’m from southern Maryland and chose to come to Miami specifically for the marine science program at RSMAS!! I’m specifically interested in marine ...



Joseph Recker

Majors Marine Science/Biology
Class2022
Emailjdr207@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Moorish Idol
Bio: I am a senior at University of Miami double majoring in marine science and biology and am originally from Chicago, IL. I currently serve as the president and founder of oSTEM at University of Miami, social media chair of Rho Rho Rho marine honor society and chair of University of Miami Dean of Students disciplinary board. I have completed independent research in DNA ...

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Meghan Roberts

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
MinorsChemistry and Math
Class2022
Emailmnr68@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : beluga whale
Bio: Hello! My name is Meghan and I am currently a senior majoring Marine Science and Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Math. On campus, I am involved in RhoRhoRho and serve as the Vice President of the Marine Mammal Rescue Team. In my time at UM, I have done research on fish otoliths in the Marine Genomics Lab ...


Rob Shugart

MajorsMarine Affairs
Minors: Sustainable Business

Class2022
Emailrms311@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism: : Manatee
Bio:  My name is Rob Shugart I am majoring in Marine Affairs and minoring in sustainable business. I am pre-dental and have had experience in various clubs/organizations including Rho-Rho-Rho, fishing club, and greek life here on campus. I am also involved in genetics research with a focus on drosophila and their ability to sense light. ...


Emily Speciale

MajorsMarine Science/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Class2023
Emailevs26@miami.edu
Favorite marine animal: Mummichog
Bio:  My name is Emily Speciale and I am a junior from Annapolis, MD, double majoring in Marine Science and BMB. On campus, I am an undergraduate researcher working with bioinformatics in the Marine Genomics Laboratory, the co-president of the women’s club volleyball team, and a Foote Fellow. Over the next two summers, I will be ...


Amanda Travers

MajorsMarine Science/Biology
Class2022
Emailajt116@miami.edu
Favorite marine organism:: Whale Shark
Bio:  My name is Amanda Travers and I am a junior from Southington, CT majoring in Marine Science and Biology. On campus, I am a member of RHO and Tri Delta, and I hold positions within the Panhellenic Association and Senate. I’m currently working in Dr. Baker’s Coral Reef Futures lab where I help within the wet lab and molecular lab. I love to travel, dive, go...