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Nicholas Hunt

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Nicholas Hunt

Researching Algae Biofuels

Nicholas Hunt became interested in Marine Biology as a child, watching foamy ocean waves wash along the shore during a family vacation. Years later, Hunt has continued developing his interest at the Island University, as well as in the field.  Hunt, a Biology major on the Marine Track, is committed to finding ways to develop biofuels made from algae to help our nation maintain a cleaner environment, and meet the rising demands for renewable energy sources.

Last summer, Hunt applied and was accepted into a Research Experience for Undergrads internship at Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine, where he spent 10 weeks during summer 2012 conducting research on renewable biofuels.

During his research at the institute, Hunt gained experience working in a professional lab, furthering his interest in fossil fuels, and networking with other scientists from across the nation.

“As an aspiring scientist, the research I conducted on renewable resources has the potential to replace fossil fuels,” explained Hunt, a native of Katy, Texas. “By replacing fossil fuels with not only an alternate fuel source, but a renewable one is remarkable, and I am excited to be a part of such an up-and-coming field.”

On campus, Hunt is a research assistant for Dr. Joe Fox in the Aquatic Nutrition and Algal Biofuel Lab. The lab receives algae from companies and analyzes the samples for various components, including carbon and nitrogen composition. Hunt’s lab research has helped him gain additional experience in the field as he plans to pursue a master’s degree in Marine Biology and a career in ocean sciences.

Hunt, who is minoring in chemistry and theater, is also in the Honors Program and is the Vice-President of Administration for the Honors Student Association.

“The Honors program is for people who really want to go above and beyond and take that extra step with their education.” said Hunt. “It really prepares you for future classes and careers.”
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