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Meet Your Peer Counselors!

The Marine and Atmospheric Science Program

Welcome all incoming and prospective students! As the Peer Counselors, we would like to introduce you to life as a student at both the University of Miami and the Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Incoming students are paired with a Peer Counselor who will help make the transition into college as smooth and enjoyable as possible, both academically and socially. We are here as guides for incoming and prospective students who are interested in studying marine and atmospheric science. If you have any questions about the program, the campus, life at the university, or anything else, please email any one of us, and we will do our very best to help you find an answer to your questions.

Peer Counselors

Raymond leibensperger III

Raymond Leibensperger III

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
Majors: Marine Science/Applied Physics
Minors: Mathematics
Class: 2020
Email: rxl652@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Great White Shark

I am a marine science and applied physics major originally from Colorado. I am on the eboard of MMRT, I work in the student centers and for dorm security and was an FYF. I've loved my time at Miami and have enjoyed all the experiences I've been able to have, including working in an atmospheric chemistry lab. I can't wait to welcome you all to RSMAS! Love you, go Canes!


Kabir Parker

Kabir Parker

Co-Head of the Peer Counselors
Majors: Marine Science/Microbiology
Minors: Chemistry
Class: 2020
Email: Kabir.a.parker@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Oceanic Manta Ray

My name is Kabir and I’m a senior born in Greenwich, CT but raised in New Delhi, India. I was fortunate to grow up diving the Indian Ocean, which is where I developed my interest in Marine Biology. I was a research assistant in The Coral Reef Futures Lab at RSMAS my freshman and sophomore year, and it gave me tremendous insight into ocean research. I have also done marine internships in the Caymans, Saudi Arabia, and this summer I will be attending the Student Airborne Research Program at NASA. I am also a passionate freediver and spearfisherman. If you love the sea, and want to conserve it, this is an exceptional place to get started.


Mikayla Quigley

Mikayla Quigley

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Minors: Microbiology and Immunology
Class: 2021
Email: mrq3@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Narwhal

Hi guys! I'm from right outside of Boston, so yes, I use the word ‘wicked’ all the time. I'm a Marine Science/Biology major with a minor in Microbiology and Immunology. I love traveling and pretending I'm funny. I conduct research at the RSMAS campus studying marine genomics, and am an active member and on e-board of a variety of marine and non-marine science organizations on campus. This summer I am conducting pharmacology and experimental therapeutics research at the University of Florida. I can't wait to meet you all!


Lina Koschik

Caroline Koschik (Lina)

Majors: Marine Science/Geology
Minors: Art
Class: 2021
Email: chk42@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Parrotfish

Hey! I’m Lina and I’m a junior from Montclair, NJ majoring in Marine Science and Geology & minoring in Art. I’m involved in Rho Rho Rho, SCUBA Club, UM Club Swimming, and Chi Omega. I’ve absolutely loved my time here at Miami and am so grateful for all of the opportunities the school has to offer!


Olivia Schuitema

Olivia Schuitema

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Class: 2020
Email: oxs200@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Manta Ray

Hi! I’m Olivia and I love doing anything active outside! Kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and tennis are some of my favorites! I love all sharks and rays (last semester I studied abroad in the Galapagos and swam with Manta Rays) and am involved with Shark Research at UM. Excited to meet you in the Fall!


Allison Banas

Allison Banas (Ali)

Majors: Marine Biology & Ecology
Minors: Psychology
Class: 2020
Email: axb1444@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Giant Pacific Octopus

Hi! My name is Ali and I am a senior studying Marine Biology and Ecology! I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA and I am currently an intern with the Shark Research and Conservation team, and secretary for Aquarium Club. I am also a member of SCUBA club! I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the U!


Patrick Kiel

Patrick Kiel

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Class: 2020
Email: pmk46@miami.edu

Active at both RSMAS and the U, I have been a part of SAFAC and Scuba Club where I'll be the president this year. This past spring I studied abroad in Galapagos, and have been in Miami all summer continuing research for my senior thesis. I go diving every weekend except when there is a home game!


Joanna Greenburg

Joanna Greenburg

Majors: Marine Science/Computer Science
Class: 2022
Email: jhg112@rsmas.miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal:Narwhal

Hey! I'm Joanna, a sophomore at UM this year. I was born in New Jersey but was mostly raised in Seattle, Washington. I'm a marine science and computer science major also pursuing a minor in math. I'm a member of scuba club and marine mammal rescue team. I also participate in the club women's ultimate frisbee team, the radio station called WVUM, and the Tri Delta sorority on campus. I love marine mammals but especially whales! I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone!


Toni Lohroff

Toni Lohroff

Majors: Marine Science/Biology/Ecosystem Policy
Minors: Mathematics
Class: 2020
Email: tjl64@miami.edu
  Favorite Marine Animal:Blue Shark

I am a senior triple majoring in Marine Sci, Biology, and Ecosystem Science & Policy with a minor in Math. I am an RA in the freshman dorms and I work at UM's experimental fish hatchery and will be pursuing a PhD in Fisheries Biology upon graduation. Fun fact: I studied abroad in the Galápagos Islands!


Josh Dominguez

Josh Dominguez

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Minors: Marine Policy Chemistry/Math
Class: 2021
Email:  jhd50@miami.edu 
Favorite Marine Animal: Bonefish

Hello everyone! My name is Josh and I'm a junior majoring in Marine Science and Biology. I'm involved in multiple things on campus including the Scuba Club and research in Dr. Glynn's ctenophore lab! I'm an extremely passionate fisherman and diver! Feel free to talk to me about anything oceany!


Kaela Preston

Kaela Preston

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Minors: Spanish, Chemistry, Climate Science & Policy
Class: 2022
Email: krp80@rsmas.miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Glaucus Nudibranch

Hi, my name is Kaela Preston and I am a marine science/biology double major, with hopeful minors in spanish, chemistry, and climate science and policy. I'm originally from Wisconsin and enjoy any activity in or around the water. I'm super excited to be a peer counselor this year. GO CANES!


Kaitlyn Payne

Kaitlyn Payne

Majors: Meteorology
Class: 2022
Email: kcp47@rsmas.miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Beluga Whale

My name is Kaitlyn Payne and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I am studying Meteorology and Geography. I am an active member in Rho Rho Rho Honor Society and the University of Miami American Meteorological Society. My main interest is learning about the impacts of different extreme weather events.


Gabrielle Menárd

Gabrielle Menárd

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Minors: Marine Policy
Class: 2020
Email:  gmm124@miami.edu 
Favorite Marine Animal: Orca

Hi! My name is Gabrielle (G for short). I'm majoring in marine science and biology with a minor in marine policy. I'm heavily involved in the Marine Mammal Rescue Team and like to scuba dive when I have time. I'm also an undergraduate research assistant in the Toxicology and Physiology lab at RSMAS!


Kathleen Mager

Kathleen Mager (Kat)

Majors: Marine Science/Biology/International Studies
Class: 2020
Email: kem133@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Orca

Hi, I'm Kat! I'm a junior studying Marine Science/Biology and International Studies. I'm the secretary of the Marine Mammal Rescue Team on campus, and I spent the summer as an intern with the South Florida Water Management District.


Katie Zgorski

Kathleen Zgorski (Katie)

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Class: 2022
Email:  krz9@miami.edu 
Favorite Marine Animal: Sea Lion

Hi there! In high school I volunteered at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. I found my home here at Miami when I joined Marine Mammal Rescue Team and had the opportunity to swim with manatees in Crystal River, FL. I am also on the e-board of Pre-Vet Society and Tricanes (Miami's Triathlon Club)!


Gemma Luther

Gemma Luther

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Minors: Ecosystem Science & Policy
Class: 2022
Email: gsl49@rsmas.miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Vaquita

Hi! I'm Gemma Luther and I am a Sophomore studying Marine Science/Biology with a minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy. I'm from San Diego, California so if you ever want to talk about mexican food I am your girl. On campus I'm involved in many RSMAS clubs as well as greek life. Excited to meet you all!!


Landon Chen

Landon Chen

Majors: Marine Science/Biology
Class: 2021
Email: lkc30@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Coelacanth

Hey guys! My name is Landon Chen and I am a junior studying Marine Biology. I love keeping aquariums, diving, fishing, hiking, hammocking, and traveling. I hope you all have had a great summer prior to your first year at the University and are ready to get your feet wet and explore the city!


Alison Walker

Alison Walker (Ali)

Majors: Meteorology
Class: 2021
Email: alw140@rsmas.miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Angel Shark

Hi guys! I'm Ali and I am a Florida girl, math geek, and travel lover. I'm the new president of UM's meteorology club, and I'm also in Rho Rho Rho, Special Olympics, and Alpha Delta Pi. My favorite things include mac & cheese, ice cream, the beach, and cats. Can't wait to meet you all!


Alana Luppino

Alana Luppino

Majors: Marine Science/Geology
Class: 2020
Email: aml329@miami.edu
Favorite Marine Animal: Coelacanth

Hey y'all! My name is Alana, and I’m a senior from Pittsburgh PA. I never planned on coming to school in Florida or studying marine science, but I'm so glad I did! Outside of RSMAS, you can find me taking art classes or helping plan our campus’s Relay for Life event. I spent last fall studying abroad in Wales at Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, it was an incredible experience that I’d love to tell you about (especially anyone who’s interested in geology!). Enjoy the rest of your summers and I can’t wait to meet you all soon!