Luis is a senior biology and music double major at Amherst College, graduating in December of 2022. He plans to pursue a doctorate in marine science and hopes to do research on coastal ecosystems. He is especially interested in working with sea otters. His work focuses on using computing to conduct ecological analysis. He loves animals and hopes his career as a biologist will give me the opportunity to work with them closely.
For his intern project with MarineGEO, Luis used machine learning to analyze benthic imagery for a five year period on a reef in Belize. He performed statistical analysis of coral and algae population data using R, and published results of this study in Scientific Reports as “A doubling of stony coral cover on shallow forereefs at Carrie Bow Cay, Belize from 2014 to 2019”.