Yangqing Zeng

Yangqing Zeng is from Qingdao, a beautiful costal city in Shandong province, China. After Yangqing finished his BS in Marine Biology from Xiamen University, he came to U.S and worked in Rex Dunham’s lab at Auburn University. With knowledge accumulating, he found that he preferred to conduct research on shellfish. Then he came to Gainesville and joined the University of Florida’s PhD program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Here, his main interest is in micro plastics in the marine environment and cryogenics. He has a lot of different hobbies including: listening to music, watching sports, reading and playing video games. Of course, he really enjoys the time with his kitty, Qiuqiu. 



Natalie Simon

Natalie Simon– Ph.D. Student: 2017 to present

Natalie Simon is from the Jersey Shore and received her BS in Marine Biology from Stockton University. While working at Rutgers’s Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory as a hatchery technician, she found her love for oysters. Not long after, Natalie moved to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida (UF) for her Master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and is continuing her education in our Ph.D. program. Her research interests include cryogenics, germplasm preservation, and molluscan aquaculture. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys nature, coffee, Netflix and quality time with her bearded dragon, Hector.

Lab Roles:
Lab and Hazardous Waste Manager, Social Media, and Website Manager

MS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 2017     BS in Marine Biology.  Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, USA. 2014

Thesis: Cryopreservation of trochophore larvae in the Hard Clam Mercenaria merceneria

Contact: nsimon921@ufl.edu