Kenzie Cooke

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Research Highlights

Research Interests

Benthic habitat-forming species, biogeochemical cycles, and how these systems are affected by climate change.

Kenzie M. Cooke

Undergraduate Intern , NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory 

Kenzie Cooke joins OCED’s Coral Program as a CIMAS Undergraduate Student Assistant. Kenzie is currently finishing a student at the University of Miami, earning a B.S. in Marine Biology and Ecology and will be assisting with experiments at the Experimental Reef Lab and related water chemistry analysis, as well as helping with current and future design and manufacturing needs.

Current Work

Water chemistry analysis using a spectrophotometer. Assists with experiment set-up, operation, and data collection such as buoyant weights, water sampling and processing with mercury chloride, incubation processing, and total alkalinity measurements. Laser printer and 3D nylon printer operation.

Coral husbandry and aquaria maintenance. Lab equipment maintenance, including:

  • SODASORB handling
  • filter changes
  • Honeywell Durafet probe refurb
  • SeaFET
  • ECOpar calibration

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  • 2022 – Present – Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami – B.S. Marine Biology and Ecology. (Fall 2024 graduation).
  • 2020 – 2022 – Baton Rouge Community College — Associate of Science: General Science. Member of the BRCC Science Research Program. 2022.
  • 2016 – 2018 – Delgado Community College— C.T.S. Electrical: Residential, C.T.S. Electrical: Commercial

OAR Team Members of the Year – Outreach and Education 2023

For exemplary response to the unexpected and unprecedented 2023 coral bleaching event in South Florida and their efforts to communicate the event to the American public.