REU Success Story: Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman

Jonathan Chapman joined the 2019 Coastal Ecosystems REU Site program as a marine science student from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He spent the summer working at FIU’s Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab, where he observed the behavior of fish when exposed to copper toxicity.

Chapman conducted a series of behavioral analysis with the help of FIU CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment student Rose Santana and REU cohort fellow Harrison Mancke. They used an experimental chamber and video tracking software to record predator-prey interactions of Sailfin Molly fish when exposed to copper.

At the end of the summer, Chapman showcased his results on the impairment of the prey’s sensory abilities to detect a predator due to copper contamination during the student research symposium. His research was published in the UH Hilo academic journal 2020 edition.

Chapman’s time in the Coastal Ecosystems REU program impacted his future career in research and created opportunities for his next venture in scientific studies.

“I was able to add valuable skills and certifications to my CV, which I can highlight to future employers for years to come,” Chapman said.

The Coastal Ecosystems Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site program is a 10-week paid summer research fellowship under FIU’s Institute of Environment. For more information please visit the program website.