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Grad student focuses research on combating coastal erosion

Amar Kosovac headshotAmar Kosovac is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in biology. The Jacksonville native keeps himself busy with various interesting research projects. During last year's U-Glide Symposium, he presented his research topic "Investigating the Role of Calcium Salts on Crystal Formation During Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation," detailing how microbially induced calcite precipitation (MICP) is a developmental solution to combating erosion in areas such as the Gulf Stream using Sporosarcina pasteurii. Last December, he participated in the newly formed Across the Nest Research Seminar Series on the topic “Can bacteria help prevent beach erosion?” with Dr. Raphael Crowley (Civil Engineering and Taylor Engineering Research Institute) and Dr. Terri Ellis (Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program). When he's not conducting research, you can find him tutoring other students as a supplemental instruction leader for Student Academic Success Services. Following graduate school, Kosovac hopes to pursue a Ph.D.

What brought you to UNF?
I always felt like UNF was the obvious choice due to location and family.

What are some memorable moments you've experienced as a UNF student?
I've presented my undergrad research here at UNF last semester for U-GLIDE. This semester I was given the opportunity to present my research in Tallahassee to Florida senators and house representatives.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UNF?
I've enjoyed the people and the connections that I have made over the years.

Do you have a favorite place on campus? If so, what makes that place special to you?
I love the Biology Building and I also love the Bamboo Garden. Both places are amazing places to learn new things and to communicate with people.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like playing sports, especially pickleball with my friends. Also, spending time with my friends and family is extremely important to me.

Who is your favorite musical artist/music genre to listen to?
The Weeknd

What’s the greatest bit of advice you’ve ever been given?
Intelligence is the product of creativity and knowledge.

Who or what inspires you?
My parents inspire me.

What is a fun fact about you many people may not know?
I produce and sell my own soap.