“Surfing turned to saving lobsters”

L.A. science fair brings out new dedicated  young genius to help Mother Nature

It was a passion for surfing that helped lead Adrienne McColl to the final round of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this week.

After fracturing her back twice during her sophomore year, Adrienne McColl put away her surfboard, but not her love for sea life. At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, To pursue her passion she began researching ways to turn the declining numbers of California spiny lobstersby finding a way to keep lobster larvae alive longer to boost their survival as adult lobster.

She has found a way to keep the larvae alive in a lab for 179 days. This may not seem like much until you consider that this time represents more than two months longer than any professional research biologists has achieved.

Adrienne McColl was named winner of the animal sciences division for her project, “Effects of Food Types on Survival and Development of Larval California Spiny Lobsters, Panulirus interruptus.”

Friday from among a field of more than 1,500 finalists from as far away as Argentina, Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and students from California when her name was announced her fellow competitors gave her a standing ovation.

She won $8,000 in scholarship money, said she’ll be studying aquaculture and fisheries next year at the University of Washington.
Congratulations Adrienne McColl for helping  Mother Nature


Excerpts courtesy of   http://lat.ms/lTAice 

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