CCURI Profiles

Biotechnology lab equipment for DNA analysis

"An undergraduate research experience helps our students gain confidence in their scientific skills and is an engaging way to better understand the process of science." Professor James Hewlett

Barb Lake '12

NOAA Fisheries-Protected Resources Division, Juneau, Alaska

FLCC Alumna in AlaskaBarb Lake participated in undergraduate research at FLCC, which lead to an independent research project studying the marine mammal abundance of Berner's Bay Alaska.

After FLCC, she earned her B.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

Currently, Barb is a part of NOAA Fisheries, gathering reports from the Kensington Gold Mine. As a part of the Protected Resources Division of the Alaska Regional Office, Barb works to conserve and recover marine mammals under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.

She also takes part in the Stranding and Entanglement Network of Alaska where she helped design a student outreach obstacle course to let kids experience what it is like for an entangled whale to navigate the ocean filled with marine debris.

James Hewlett

Professor of Biology, FLCC
Executive Director & Principal Investigator, CCURI

Jim Hewlett on an ocean diveJames Hewlett received his bachelor's degree in biology from Bucknell University and his master's degree in marine science from the University of Connecticut.

Professor Hewlett also serves as CCURI's Executive Director and Principal Investigator.

For more than a decade, he has spent time studying coral reefs in the Caribbean.

"Our undergraduate research students have successfully transferred to complete their four-year degree, and some have gone on to graduate school. These students tell us that the confidence that they gained while a student at FLCC helped them move forward with their academic goals." 

Student in a classroom using a microscope

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James Hewlett
Professor of Biology
Executive Director & Principal Investigator, CCURI
(585) 785-1325