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Last summer, Marla Valeria Santos-Crespo and Tatiana Barreto were part of the very first CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment (CAChE) –Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), where they gained hands-on and in-depth field and research experience for ten weeks working on mangroves in both Miami and Puerto Rico. Both Santos-Crespo and Barreto are currently students at the University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras Campus. They now work with Dr. Todd Crowl, Director of the Institute of Water and Environment, and Biology Professor Omar Peréz conducting longterm research on freshwater shrimp in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.

To learn more about some of the work that Santos-Crespo and Barreto are doing in El Yunque post-hurricanes Irma and Maria, read the NPR article.