Angel Waters returns from fish scale research on Shetland Islands, Scotland

September 18, 2015

Angel Waters in Fladdabister, on the eastern side of the island
Angel Waters in Fladdabister, on the eastern side of the island
One of Waters’ favorite places in Shetland was farmland in Scalloway where ponies and sheep roam freely and people can hike to c
One of Waters’ favorite places in Shetland was farmland in Scalloway where ponies and sheep roam freely and people can hike to cliffs and beaches to look out at the island Foula. The ponies, she said, are very friendly and allow hikers to pet them.

Angel Waters ’18, an Oceanography major, recently returned from the Shetland Islands in Scotland where she served as the resident expert in the use of ion probe equipment at the North Atlantic Fisheries College (NAFC ) Marine Centre and conducted research on the similarities between fish scales and human bone.

Waters trained to use the equipment with Joseph Kunkel, Ph.D., research professor in the Department of Marine Sciences, last year as a freshman.

Her research focused on the possibilities of using fish scales to study bone growth, as harvesting scales is non-lethal and relatively inexpensive. Fish scale research may have significant implications for researching bone growth, repair, degeneration and regeneration.

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