CALS Graduating Student Profile: Katherine Rose

Katherine Rose, a marine sciences major, has been interested in ocean ecology her whole life.

“My dad helped me get scuba certified at age 10, the earliest allowable age to get certified at the time,” Rose said. “I did my first open water dive off of Key Largo Florida and never really kicked the habit! I wanted to be able to identify and know about all the strange creatures that I saw as a 10-year-old.”

From her early days investigating University of Florida as a possible place to earn a degree, Rose had heard that the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) had the student financial support and greater flexibility of course choices that she was looking for.

“I’ve found that to be 100 percent true during my time at UF and have experienced more support from faculty and administration than I could have anticipated,” she said.

Rose found ways to gain more specialized research experience by reaching out to faculty in her department. She contacted Don Behringer, associate professor of marine ecology and diseases in the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation, about volunteering in his lab.

“I asked if I could volunteer in his lab and received positive feedback and an opportunity to help out on a number of existing projects established by him and his graduate students at the time,” Rose said.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Rose will be staying in CALS as a graduate student.

“I will be staying on as a graduate student, having gotten a jump on my graduate work as a part of UF’s 4+1 program,” Rose said. “My plan is to graduate with my master’s in the spring of 2021 and pursue a job in Extension or environmental education. Dr. Behringer will be serving as my master’s advisor after I graduate with my bachelor’s (degree). My thesis will build upon my early field experiences in his lab.”

For future students pursuing degrees in marine sciences, Rose recommends they take advantage of the easy access to faculty and advisors who are all here to help students succeed.

“I have never met a professor in CALS that hasn’t been willing to meet with me, provide guidance or answer any questions that I may have, about my career or life in general,” Rose said. “Talk to everyone! They all have unique perspectives that are essential for you in determining what your path will be.”

Rose graduates from UF as a Four-Year Outstanding Scholar, an honor she will receive due to her outstanding academic achievements.

From oceans to coastal wetlands, marine sciences students learn about marine organisms and their behaviors and interactions with the environment. Marine sciences students study oceanography, statistics, fisheries and aquatic sciences, and invertebrate biodiversity. Students can focus elective courses on ecology, organismal biology, economics, human dimensions, and/or quantitative or professional skills. Find a CALS major that suits your interests by taking our majors quiz. You can also find information regarding our undergraduate and graduate programs on our website.


Posted: December 6, 2019

Category: Coasts & Marine, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water
Tags: CALS, College Of Agricultural And Life Sciences, Marine Sciences, Uf


December 15, 2021

Amazing job my friend! Your perseverance and success is inspiring.

Andrea Gallik
December 15, 2021

So very amazed by you Jason! You have made your family and UF so proud. Your story lights a path for others. May you continue leading the way with your perseverance and integrity!

Michele Dysna leconte
December 15, 2021

Congratulations!!! Very inspiring story, May continue to be a beacon of hope for other young men dealing with similar issues

Matt Parker
December 15, 2021

Congratulations Mr. Coby. 11 straight ‘A’s eh? Way to go. Now go forth and fix the environment. Your girls look good with the current graduate. Nicely done. Beautiful fam.

December 15, 2021

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September 14, 2021

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September 14, 2021

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December 22, 2020

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December 10, 2020

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November 1, 2020

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August 7, 2020


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June 11, 2020

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May 12, 2020

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May 7, 2020

Congrats Dr. Kawther. With your efforts you make what is difficult, been easy to get. Keep going don’t give up. Always the beginning is difficult but with the patience will be easy.

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March 29, 2020

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December 19, 2019

Lindsey is an amazing, competent and caring young woman. She will be an asset to any company forward-looking enough to hire her.

Naomi Rose
December 19, 2019

Wow! I am so proud of her. Nana

Dagang Valas
December 14, 2019

Congratulation Rivas, hopefully the knowledge gained can be useful in the future and can help the community. Merry Christmas and happy new year too.

Ginny Reiss
October 1, 2019

So proud of you Adrian!!!

R. William (Bill) Henderson
June 21, 2019

Father figures are needed in all parts of education and in all of life. I teach GED to inmates in a local jail and many of the problems these inmates have stems from their many drop out fathers both male and female.

Amy Vasquez
June 20, 2019

Three perfect examples of men with integrity.

April 26, 2019

Way to go, Kendra!

April 1, 2019

Indeed everyone need to eat, and many also complain about the food source quality. I think we all should, at least, do farming in our homes. If the lack of space is a problem, then we should use vertical farming methods. This will not only clean our environment but also reduce the peoples depression (as looking at green reduces depression and is good for mental health).

Linda Nolan
March 16, 2019

Great information! Thank you Dana for sharing Ms. Clark’s enthusiasm about Florida’s agricultural importance.

March 22, 2018

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Edelyn Tidholm
March 17, 2018

Great article!

Karen Webster
February 21, 2018

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February 21, 2018

Enjoyed reading your article. It was well written and I could tell that you had put a lot of thought into what you wanted to say. Wishing you a great deal of success as you work toward your dream of becoming a lawyer. May God bless and watch over you as you embark on this journey.

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