Student Opportunities

As part of our educational mission, we are mentoring a group of UNCW students with an interest in CubeSats, Ocean Color, and Satellite Oceanography. Satellite Oceanography touches upon a broad range of fields: engineering, data science, marine biology, physics, biogeochemistry, computer programming, etc. At the moment there are 2 main pathways for students: the UNCW Cubesat Club or with our partner Dr. Sara Rivero-Calle at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. If you have an interest in any aspect of ocean color or satellite research, please contact us, we are always looking for bright and motivated students!

Areas of Interest: Ocean color algorithm development, machine learning, Fine-scale variability in ocean physics, biology and biogeochemistry, Phytoplankton Ecology, Ocean optics, Salinity, Classification algorithms, Big data, Visualization Tools, Cubesat technology, Outreach and citizen science.

Past UNCW CubeSat Club Activities

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Students and advisors (Prof. Morrison and Dr. Rivero-Calle) presenting at North Carolina's Space Grant First Student Symposium in April 2019. 

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Graduate students Joe and Matt with Dr. Rivero-Calle at UNCW's Satellite Oceanography Lab during North Carolina Space Grant visit in November 2018. Joseph is holding a 3D model (to scale!) of the SeaHawk CubeSat.
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First official meeting of the newly-formed student association: the "UNCW CubeSat Lab". Excited about the succesful launch and communications with SeaHawk-1 on December 4th 2018.
 
Current Advisors:
  • Dr. Sara Rivero-Calle -Center for Marine Science
  • Prof. John M. Morrison- Physics and Physical Oceanography & Center for Marine Science
  • Prof. Ralph Reda- Senior Lecturer of Statistics & Adjunct Professor of Physics

Current Students:

  • Dane Palsis- Undergraduate
  • Grace Batcha- Undergraduate
  • Jenn Newlon- Undergraduate
  • Emily Burrell- Undergraduate
  • Nicholas Hubbard- Undergraduate, Computer Science and Mathematics

Past students:

  • Kelsea Edwing- Undergraduate, Oceanography and Geosciences
  • Deanna Edwing- Undergraduate, Oceanography and Geosciences
  • Alison Loftis- Undergraduate, Marine Biology and Music
  • Karly Ulfsax - Master's degree graduate student in Geoscience
  • Dawson Purvis- Undergraduate, Geosciences
  • Charlotte Simon-Undergraduate, Engineering
  • Lauren Whitehouse - Undergraduate, Geosciences
  • Roy Mitchell - Undergraduate, Oceanography
  • Richard Everhart- Undergraduate, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Conor Kerr - Hoggard Highschool student
  • Colton Daymude- Master's degree graduate student in Data Science
  • Derek Markey- Master's degree graduate student in Data Science
  • Kevin Olmsted- Master's degree graduate student in Data Science
  • Alexa Alipour - Undergraduate, Biology
  • Joseph Brown - Master's degree graduate student in Data Science
  • Matt Chmelewski- Master's degree graduate student in Data Science
Past Advisors:
  • Dr. Sara Rivero-Calle - UNCW Center for Marine Science now at UGA
  • Prof. Mark Lammers-Department of Mathematics and Statistics & Data Science Program Director
  • Prof. Ralph Reda- Senior Lecturer of Statistics & Adjunct Professor of Physics
  • Prof. Frederick M. Bingham- Physics and Physical Oceanography & Center for Marine Science