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- Silver Spring, MD
- Intended Degree:
- Ph.D., Marine Geology and Geophysics
When one of the most influential and internationally recognized experts on the geology of ancient and modern coral reefs tells you to hop on a plane to the Dominican Republic and do some research, what choice do you have? “Really, it was a reconnaissance mission,” says David Weinstein about a recent trip to get a better feel for the rock outcrops in the Northern section of the country. An incoming marine geology and geophysics Ph.D. student, Weinstein traveled to the Dominican Republic this summer to complete research for Dr. Robert Ginsburg, professor at the Rosenstiel School, then again in May to aid in research with his advisor Dr. James Klaus. Additionally, Weinstein aided Dr. Ginsburg in the end of August on a research cruise in the Bahamas studying submarine hardgrounds.
In 2006 while Weinstein was still an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, he worked alongside Ginsburg at the Rosenstiel School. The two stayed in contact and Weinstein made good use of his experience by incorporating some of the work that was done at RSMAS into his senior thesis, which ultimately won the J. R. Dorfman Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research. This summer’s research took Weinstein to the next level in his scientific career. “Most of what I’ll be studying as a graduate student are Pleistocene fossil terraces in the Dominican Republic,” he says. “We have not worked out all the specifics yet, but my most recent trip to the Northern Dominican Republic allowed me to brainstorm some fundamental questions that an investigation of these outcrops might clarify. The possibilities are exciting: refining information regarding sea level changes, comparisons of the modern coral morphology to that of their Pleistocene counterparts, taxonomic transitions in biota, the development of reef morphology, or even the preservation and formation of terraces.” As an avid outdoorsman and traveler, Weinstein is excited to be back in the sun and surf of Miami for an extended amount of time. “What more could I ask for in a graduate school landscape?”
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