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Jordana Cutajar

Jordana is a M.S. student in the Coastal and Marine System Science program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a NOAA CCME Scholar. She is working under Dr. Michael Wetz conducting research on red tide blooms in Texas estuaries. Prior to pursuing a masters degree, Jordana worked as a lab and field biologist at a lake management company in South Florida, collecting and processing water quality samples to produce scientific reports for lakes all throughout the state.

She began focusing on algae about two years ago, while performing algae identifications for clients with problematic blooms. It is through this position that she developed a fascination and appreciation for algae. After experiencing the devastation of red tide blooms in Florida she was motivated to pursue further opportunities to study and learn about red tide, which ultimately led her to Corpus Christi.