Rhode Island senior lauded for research on algae

Hannah Madison primarily weighed and measured algae and counted the marine invertebrates living among it.
Hannah Madison primarily weighed and measured algae and counted the marine invertebrates living among it. | File photo

The University of Rhode Island recently highlighted the summer research work of senior Hannah Madison, an ocean engineering major who conducted algae surveys at the Napatree Point lagoon and Greenwich Bay under URI professor Carol Thornber.

“It’s an extremely interesting experience,” Madison said. “I learned so many different things that I never would have known without it. And it was definitely fun working at the beach every week. We never did the same thing twice, so it was never boring.”

Madison, who also worked with postdoctoral researcher Lindsay Green, primarily weighed and measured algae and counted the marine invertebrates living among it, as well as collecting water data like temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen. She also assisted in experiments to determine the best conditions for algae and to compare the growth of native and invasive species. She collected data.

“I definitely learned from the fellowship that I don’t want to be stuck in a cubicle,” Madison said. “I want to be out there in the field seeing what needs to be done and doing it. That was the best part of the project. We were never just sitting.”

Madison was able to take part in the research fellowship through funding provided by the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

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