The Smith Lab Congratulates Niko!!
Niko Kaplanis, a UCSD undergraduate who has been working in the Smith Lab for 3 years, won $500 for the Best Poster at the inaugural SIO Undergraduate Research Symposium on June 3rd, 2014. Niko’s poster describes his research on the detection, spread, and ecological impact of invasive seaweeds along San Diego’s coastline.
Niko has been leading the research project on invasive seaweeds since 2012 when he discovered Sargassum horneri, previously not known in San Diego, growing in Mission Bay. Since then, he has expanded the scope of the project to include sites from San Diego Bay to Oceanside.
Niko is graduating from UCSD this June and will continue to work on the project with the Smith Lab over the summer.
We are very proud of his accomplishments!