Graduate

Student Has Fun Exploring Disco Clam’s Underwater World

Lindsey Dougherty’s love of the sea eventually led her to UC Berkeley, where she is now a graduate student focusing on one of the ocean’s more unusual critters: a clam that flashes in the deep.

This behavior earned it the nickname ‘disco clam,’ and Dougherty is working with UC Berkeley’s Roy Caldwell, professor of integrative biology, to explore how and why it flashes its mirrored lips.

The Graduates Radio Show

The Graduates, the talk show that features interviews with U.C. Berkeley graduate students about their work here on campus, debuts on Tuesday, April 8th, at 9:00am. Hosted by Tesla Monson, 2nd year graduate student in the Hlusko Lab, Department of Integrative Biology, The Graduates focuses on communicating graduate student research to the public, with a special emphasis on informing students, at the high school and undergraduate level, about ways to get involved in science.

Grad Student Profile - Lindsey Dougherty

Lindsey Diving

Growing up in land-locked Colorado, my childhood experiences involved more snowmen than sand-castles. Although my interactions with the ocean were limited, my fascination with the marine world grew exponentially with every exposure. After becoming SCUBA certified at the age of 15, diving became an integral part of my life, leading me to become an instructor in Zanzibar, Tanzania. After living in Africa and Australia, I conducted research on artificial coral reef systems in Indonesia, assessing the relationship between structural characteristics and diversity.

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