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August 25,2008
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Woods Hole MA 02543

Katrina Malakhoff (Centerville, Mass.)

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For Katrina Malakhoff and other summer students, cleaning the Aquarium's outdoor seal pool was a routine activity. (Credit: Woods Hole Science Aquarium/NOAA)
Malakhoff poses with Lavender, an endangered Kemp's Ridley turtle, during a routine medical check. The marine turtle spent part of its rehabilitation at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium before being released in July, equipped with a satellite tag on its back for tracking. (Credit: Woods Hole Science Aquarium/NOAA)
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Spending the summer learning about the marine environment is nothing new for Katrina Malakhoff of Centerville, Mass., who says she has been interested in marine biology since the sixth grade, when her science teacher took her class on coastal field trips and conducted water sampling studies in local ponds.

Malakhoff, who is entering her junior year at Barnstable High School, has pursued a number of summer science opportunities in the past. She spent two summers in the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy to a Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island, Virginia, where she conducted research on estuarine environments for a month last year. In the eighth grade she visited a rain forest in Ecuador. 

She has worked part-time at Accu-line in Hyannis, which manufacturers surgical marking pens, volunteers at the local library, participates in the Civil Air Patrol, and takes violin lessons. At Barnstable High School she plays on the field hockey team, is a member of the drama and history clubs, Future Problem Solving, and Cape & Islands Youth Congress. 

Malakhoff plans to attend college and major in marine biology, and is thinking about a minor in Germanic languages. She also plans to attend graduate school in marine science, hoping to focus her career on oceanography and abyssal ecology.

She says the experience at WHSA this summer was “amazing. It was a great opportunity to learn about all the career possibilities in marine science, and to see how a research aquarium operates.”

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