Michael Cyrana is the recipient of the 2015 Christopher H. Smith Outstanding Environmental Biology Student Award. During his time at Hood, exemplified many of the best qualities that the Environmental Biology faculty looks for in its students.
In the faculty nomination, professor of biology Drew Ferrier described Mike as “an active and involved student in the classroom, always adding to discussions and making insightful connections among seemingly divergent topics. He also excelled in his research, working independently to develop a novel research study that assessed the ability of hooked mussels to develop defenses against being preyed upon by both native and non-native crabs.”
In the course of his work, Mike also collaborated with and helped direct two undergraduate students who were conducting related studies – providing him with a first mentoring experience and the undergraduates with a valuable first research experience.
Since graduating from Hood in September, 2014, Mike was accepted as a Ph.D. student at Tulane University in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is now a doctoral teaching assistant there and beginning further studies.