‘MTSU On the Record’ travels to Chile through ente...

‘MTSU On the Record’ travels to Chile through enterprising student’s camera

An MTSU student who combines her love of marine biology with her love of photography was the guest on a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

MTSU organismic biology and ecology major Brooke Fitzwater

Brooke Fitzwater

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Brooke Fitzwater first aired Nov. 21 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can listen to their conversation above.

The organismic biology and ecology major from Rockvale, Tennessee, didn’t let living in a landlocked state deter her from pursuing her love of marine biology. Fitzwater has been to Chile three times to perform undergraduate research.

Fitzwater’s third excursion to the South American nation was a 10-week research project that remains unfinished. She said she hopes to obtain a Fulbright grant or other funding to complete her work.

WMOT Roots Radio-new logo-2017 web “We were looking at how a predator can influence the habitat selection of a small (species of) fish,” said Fitzwater. “They’re cryptobenthic, which means that they live on the bottom and they blend in with their surroundings.”

While in the South American country, Fitzwater took advantage of the beautiful scenery to hone her talents for photography and videography.

She earns money to keep her academic dreams alive at, where she has posted still photos and video of the Chilean coast and its marine life.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at

For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.=