Honolulu Star Advertisement, first published on July 31, 2022
As a child growing up in France, Charley Westbrook remembers watching famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau on television and dreaming of studying marine life and scuba diving around the world.
At age 10, he saw a National Geographic special that featured the University of Hawaii’s famed Coconut Island marine biology lab. “I remember thinking someday I’m going to go there and study marine biology”, he said. “I’m fortunate to be able to live out that dream.”
Westbrook, now a Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology doctoral student working in the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute Laboratories on Coconut Island, has become the first person to successfully grow a tropical sea urchin from cryopreserved embryos in the laboratory.
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