Ms. Makyba Charles, a doctoral student in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions department of environmental and global health, won a Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative Student Award based on her research related to the “One Gulf: Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Communities” project. The award was presented at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference held in Tampa last month.
[Photo: Ms. Makyba Charles]
Under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Kane, an associate professor in the department of environmental and global health, Ms. Charles has been actively engaged in a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences sponsored project that assesses the safety of seafood following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Ms. Charles spearheaded the effort to discern seafood consumption rates of Gulf Coast residents compared to the rest of the nation. She is currently conducting a probabilistic risk assessment under the guidance of Dr. Leah Stuchal, a research assistant professor in Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. These data will provide a relevant assessment of the human health risk to impacted residents and serve to protect and support the health and safety of Gulf communities.