Arthur Williams was one of 14 students out of 400 chosen to participate in the prestigious Maryland Sea Grant REU program, in which students spend 12 weeks researching on the Chesapeake Bay. Arthur, a biology major, marine sciences minor, and wide receiver on the football team, worked with a mentor on his own research project.
“Originally, I applied for the program because I wanted to fulfill my internship requirement, but that is an understatement to what this internship really means to me,” Arthur said.
The Baxley, Ga. native developed a love for marine science while fishing on a lake near his home at an early age. Arthur is particularly attracted to fisheries research and became interested in the Maryland REU program because he was drawn to hands-on experience off campus.
“As a student, I am enthusiastically seeking opportunities to pursue scientific research,” Arthur said. “Through an opportunity to participate in the Maryland Sea Grant REU program, my doors will open for continued research, and I hope to utilize what I learn from the program to positively impact the fisheries management community and share what I learn with my fellow PC students.
“I learned from the program, fisheries management techniques, experimental research procedures in estuaries, and made meaningful connections, which could prove beneficial in my future endeavors,” he added.
Arthur researched using RFID (radio frequency identification) tags and field measurements to explore the role of environmental factors on blue crab migration patterns.
After graduating in May of 2014, Arthur plans to attend graduate school to further his study in marine biology or possibly environmental problem areas dealing with fisheries. He wants to pursue a career in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or with a private research firm.
“I believe more marine scientists are needed because of the concern over climate change and the effects it will have on the ocean ecosystem,” Arthur said. “I am hopeful to one day contribute in this area.”