Emily Burnite Engages in Marine Research Through Stacy Moore Hagan Memorial Internship Program

Emily Burnite peers through a jumbo magnifying glass—the kind one sees in a dentist’s office—to get a closer look at the brown splotches growing on a smooth, pearly-white surf clam. Burnite is looking at spat, the scientific name for young, developing oysters.

She carefully counts and logs the number of oyster larvae embedded onto the shell.

The Marine Science senior from Churchville, PA, worked with the Marine Science and Environmental Field Station this summer to get a clearer picture of the size and distribution of the oyster population in the Mullica River Great Bay Estuary.

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