Collin currently attends Cocoa Beach High School in Brevard County and is anything but your typical high school senior. Participating in the International Baccalaureate Program, Collin has had the opportunity to do and present scientific research since his middle school days. As a Melbourne Beach resident, he developed a love for the ocean and that love has inspired the research that he has entered in this year’s Dr. Ying Science Competition.

His entry focuses on research into karenia brevis, the organism responsible for the Florida red tide. He has investigated and invented a new, simple and inexpensive method of detection for the most harmful brevetoxin in the red tides, PbTx-3. His ultimate goal is to stop the damage to our ecosystem from these harmful red tides. If successful, he could one day save millions of species of marine life plus positively impact Florida’s fishing and tourism industries.

Collin has won numerous awards for past research, including the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge’s “Planet Green” Award in 2007 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s “Taking the Pulse of the Planet” Award in 2009. He received a scholarship from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and in 2010 he completed an internship during the summer with the NOAA Center for Costal Environmental Health and Bimolecular Research in Charleston, NC. Collin won the Ying Competition in 2009 and 2010, and is looking forward to another exciting competitive experience.

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