LSU CC&E Student Earns Prestigious Divers Grant

February 14, 2019

Jeanne Bloomberg

Hometown: Mendota Heights, MN

High School: Henry Sibley High School

Classification: Graduate Student, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences 
photo of jeanne bloomberg underwater with some coral

Jeanne Bloomberg, a graduate student in the College of the Coast & Environment, has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Dive Training Grant by The Women Divers Hall of Fame, or WDHOF. WDHOF is an organization dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions of women divers. Their members include pioneers, leaders, innovators and world record holders throughout the international diving community, hailing from 18 countries worldwide. The award presentation will be held in conjunction with the 2019 Women Divers Hall of Fame Member Induction Ceremonies during the "Beneath the Sea" Dive Expo on March 29-31 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Bloomberg intends to use the grant to fund training for advanced, technical dive training courses and technical diving equipment that she plans to use in the course of her research. Currently, she works with her major professor, Dan Holstein, assistant professor in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, in CC&E’s Seascape Ecology Lab, where she is studying coral reproduction across environmental gradients.

“I study the reproduction of corals on mesophotic reefs, which are beyond standard recreational SCUBA depth limits. I will be diving 40-45 meters [in depth] in the U.S. Virgin Islands for my research,” Bloomberg said.

Her next dive will take place this May in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where she will be collecting corals at a range of depths, from 10-45 meters, in order to assess their reproductive capacities.