Professor Alison Sweeney, "Diving Deep for Alternative Energy"

"When Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor in the School of Arts & SciencesDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, went scuba diving in Palau this summer, she wasn’t on vacation.

A tropical paradise on the surface, the coral reefs under the tiny island nation’s azure waves are actually a laboratory unlike anywhere else on the planet. The seemingly placid environment features some truly extreme conditions—an evolutionary crucible that has produced creatures with traits that rival the best of human ingenuity. Sweeney’s job is to understand how they got that way and why."

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