Chad Widmer


Name: Chad Widmer
Exchange Destination: UK - Scotland
Award Name: All-disciplines Postgraduate Awards
Host Institution: University of St. Andrews
Home Institution: Humboldt State University
Level Of Study: Postgraduate
Discipline: Biology
Award Year: 2010-11

After serving in the US Army as an M-1 tanker, Chad earned his Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in marine biology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Following his education, Chad managed one of the world’s largest collections of living jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California for nearly a decade. He’s written a book entitled ‘How to keep jellyfish in aquariums’, and regularly publishes in scientific journals. He’s a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and his work has recently been featured in National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines.  He has also been interviewed for more than a dozen television shows, including the BBC’s Wild on the West Coast and Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. Chad studied the effects of climate change on commercially important jellyfish of the North Sea while pursuing a PhD degree in marine biology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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