A new Ph.D. from UGA Skidaway Institute

Former Skidaway Institute graduate student Miguel Leal graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Aveiro in Portugal in October 2014.

Miguel Leal (2nd from right) after his defense, with (l-r) Marc Frischer (Skidaway Inst.) , Jens Nejstgaard (formerly Skidaway Inst.) and Miguel’s primary Portuguese supervisor, Ricardo Caldo

Miguel Leal (2nd from right) after his defense, with (l-r) Marc Frischer (Skidaway Inst.) , Jens Nejstgaard (formerly Skidaway Inst.) and Miguel’s primary Portuguese supervisor, Ricardo Caldo

Leal conducted much of his research at Skidaway Institute. He successfully defended his dissertation on September 4th. The title of the Ph.D. was: Trophic plasticity in the cnidarian-algal symbiosis. This work resulted from the collaboration that Leal began with Skidaway Institute professors Marc Frischer and Jens Nejstgaard four years ago. It focused on using molecular microbiology techniques to study the diet of the organisms that make up coral reefs. A total of four papers were published from Miguel’s work at Skidaway.

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