Alumnus of the week
Dr. Daniel Hernandez
It has already been a big year for SPMC alumnus Daniel G. Hernandez, who was recently named one of two 2019 Graduate Dean’s Medalists at the University of Washington. Daniel came to the Shannon Point Marine Center from Humboldt State University in 2010 to participate in the Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences Undergraduate Program (MIMSUP). He subsequently returned to his home institution, completed his B.S. degree, won a highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and entered a Ph.D. program in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. His dissertation work concerns interactions between Columbia River Basin Chinook salmon and infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV). IHNV is the most economically significant viral pathogen affecting salmonid conservation, hatchery programs, and rainbow trout aquaculture. Though extremely busy with his research, Daniel has made time to make a difference, working with the Engineers Without Borders organization in Guatemala and Nicaragua to provide safe drinking water to rural communities most in need.
Last month, Daniel was also named a 2019 Bonderman Travel Fellow. This award, intended to “inspire individual transformation by expanding the fellow’s understanding of themselves and the complex, diverse and interconnected world we live in” provides funding for eight months of continuous travel to at least six countries in two major regions of the world.
Finally, on May 22nd Daniel successfully defended his doctoral dissertation.
Congratulations Dr. Hernandez!
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