Congratulations to Robie Carrascosa who served as the Cliff Townsend High School Scholar at Whitney Laboratory this summer. Robie is an incoming high school senior currently enrolled in the IB program at Flagler Palm Coast High School. He has aspirations to pursue studies as well as a career in the biomedical field. Robie is extremely passionate about biology and how research can be used to gain increased understanding of the natural world as well as how it can be applied in order to have positive impacts on the world.
Robie worked with Casandra Newkirk in the Martindale Lab, investigating Cassiopea (the upside-down jellyfish) and its symbiotic relationship with the dinoflagellate algae Symbiodinium.
The Townsend Scholarship is in honor of Cliff Townsend, curator and then general manager of the original porpoise attraction in Marineland. The scholarship, provided by the Townsend family, supports a local high school student to work and gain greater exposure to science during the summer and encourages students to consider a career in scientific research.