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Philippines International Research Experience for Students (Ph-IRES)

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

In the Philippines International Research Experience for Students project (Ph-IRES), 5 U.S. undergraduates per year will spend eight weeks at Silliman University (SU) conducting independent research with Filipino mentors. This project partners with the NSF-PIRE project "Centennial Genetic and Species Transformations in the Epicenter of Marine Biodiversity," and Ph-IRES students will cohort with REU students in the PIRE program to will explore marine fishes and the human activities affecting their evolution. Research will include:

1) genetic barcoding to document fish diversity;

2) life history studies to examine how fishing pressure influences how fish grow and reproduce;

3) genetic studies to see how fish populations connect with one another;

4) study of how microplastics pollution may affect reef fishes

Students will be involved in an immersive international research experience that emphasizes collaboration among cultures and contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. Society relies upon marine resources for food security, and the proposed research will contribute to our ability to sustainably harvest fish by helping us understand how our activities affect their evolution.
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Participating Institution(s):
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Old Dominion University (Lead)
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Genetics & Genomics
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Molecular Biology
Natural Resources
STEM Fields

Aquatic Ecology
Biological Oceanography
DNA research
Ecosystem Science
Evolutionary Biology
Fish Biology
Marine Biology
Molecular Biology

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 3/9/2022
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