Here at the MSAR Lab, we take pride in the individuals that make up the heart of our team. Our lab members strive for excellence through their passionate work ethic, effective communication, resiliency, adaptativeness, and persistence in the scientific field. Our current members include:


Huiping Yang, Principal Investigator


Yangqing Zeng – Ph.D. Student 


Leslie Sturmer – Extension Agent


Cher Nicholson– Undergraduate Research Assistant

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Keegan Kelly– Research Assistant


Matthew Morgan–  Volunteer


Sara Thorsness–      Volunteer

Students Graduated

Erangi Heekenda,  MS,  graduated in July 2017. Erangi was supported by the Fulbright Scholarship for her Master.  She is currently working as a Lecturer in Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.

Natalie A. Simon. MS, graduated in July 2017.  After graduation, Natalie stayed in the lab as a PhD student for one year.  She left the program in May 15, 2018, and now is working as an OPS biologist at the UF shellfish extension team.