Gabriel Somarriba

Mentor: Dr. Andrea Lucky
College of College of Agricultural and Life Science
"From an early age, I've always been fascinated by the huge variety of forms and functions in the natural world. My dream had always been to work in the field, using my skills to further advance mankind's knowledge of the world around us and at the same time fulfilling my own burning desire to explore, discover, and teach. Therefore, a career in research seemed like a perfect way for me to earn a living doing exactly what I love. Thanks to the excellent faculty at UF, I've been given numerous opportunities to gain hands on experience and exercise my abilities."





Research Interests

  • Community Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Phsyiology

Academic Awards

  • Science Olympiad State Finals 1st Place in Ornithology 2012
  • National Honors Society 2013
  • AP Scholar with Honor 2013
  • NATL Minigrant 2014
  • University Scholars Program 2015-2016


  • Field, Exploratory, and Recreational Natural History
  • Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society
  • Ooutdoor Adventure and Recreation Club


  • Museum of Science and Science
  • UF Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center
  • Uf Lucky Lab at Steinmetz Hall

Hobbies and Interests

  • Insect Collecting
  • Rock Hounding
  • Hiking
  • Gardening

Research Description

Study in Methods for Collecting and Rearing colonies of Septobasidium in the Laboratory
This project will focus on describing the materials and methods necessary for successfully culturing colonies of the fungus Septobasidium on agar media in the laboratory. There will also be a component describing basic morphological features useful for identifying species found near Gainesville.