Delaney Costante

Delaney Costante

Delaney Costante

Major: Biology with concentrations in Animal Behavior, Environmental Biology, and Marine Biology

Class Year: 2018
Hometown: East Petersburg, PA

Additional Information

I am currently involved in two research projects. In Dr. Haines’ lab, I am part of a team quantifying threats facing Threatened and Endangered species protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. We have been documenting the pervasiveness of certain threats, as well as how they have been changing over time. In Dr. Boal’s lab, I am working on a fish bioacoustics project. I have been investigating whether smooth butterfly rays (Gymnura micrura) and mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus) exhibit a behavioral response to different sound frequencies.

Inspirations (for major, research, internship):
For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about sharks and marine life. Being greatly influenced by the work of Dr. Eugenie Clark, I want to dedicate my career to investigating sensory systems, cognition, and conservation of Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes - sharks, rays, skates, & chimeras).

Highlights (from courses/internship/research):
On the whole, the opportunity to be involved in research projects has been the highlight of my biology college experience. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to take field courses at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, spending a significant portion of those classes in different marine environments.

Advice (for incoming freshman in my shoes):
I would definitely recommend getting involved within the biology department, whether it be a club, research project, or volunteering.

Aspirations (upon graduation):
I plan to attend graduate school and earn a PhD in marine biology, and go on to a career in bioacoustics research with Chondrichthyes.

If you are currently employed in your field, please provide professional information, where you work, when you started, etc.:
I have been a laboratory technician in the MU Biology Department since June 2015, setting up the experiments for General Biology.

What has been the most significant and/or exciting aspect of your work?
I feel I have grown so much as a researcher throughout my college career, not only learning through the projects themselves but also through the research process and the support of my professors.