CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Sean O’Mara and I-Shuo Huang, two graduate students in the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, received first and second place awards at the Research Competition of the Texas Academy of Science meeting held March 7-9 in Galveston, Texas.
O’Mara received first place for his presentation titled “Evaluation of Fatty Acid Amide Accumulation in the Haptophyte Prymnesium parvum As a Function of Nutrient Availability.”
Huang received second place for his presentation titled “Nueces mysidocida produces a novel cyanobacterial toxin mysidophycin.”
O’Mara and Huang’s presentations comprise a significant portion of their master’s thesis research projects in Environmental Science and Biology programs, respectively.
The CCS supports graduate-level education through interdisciplinary aquatic, basic and applied issues, ecological monitoring, and public education/outreach research grants and contracts, including environmental studies, GoMexSI database development for fishes, anticancer drug discovery, and algal toxin and biofuel research.