IWFA SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS' RESEARCH PROJECTS

 

Katherine “Kate” Rose:

“The Florida stone crab fishery is generally considered “sustainable” because only the claws are harvested, thus providing an opportunity for crabs to be fished more than once in their lifetime. However, after the trauma of claw removal they seldom return to the fishery. My study aims to evaluate the physiological decline that crabs are expected to experience in traps, especially given that some fishermen are increasing the amount of time their traps are soaked for.”


Sam Askin:

“My name is Samantha Askin and I am a graduate student at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. My masters thesis is focused on delineating the population genetic structure of the channeled whelk, a commercially important snail in the mid-Atlantic. Results from my study will be provided to the appropriate management agencies to address current regulations.”


Kela McEntee:

“This project investigates concentrations of methylmercury in the tissues of peri-urban shark species to assess the mercury exposure risk that shark consumption may pose to subsistence fishing communities in Miami.”


Jackson Martinez:

“Using molecular tools to better understand the genetic stock composition of striped marlin in the central North Pacific.”


Elise Keister:

Elise’s research focuses on the impact warming ocean waters will have on foundational coral species in the tropics, which has become imperative with the increase of global bleaching events. The goal of her dissertation is to determine thermal tolerance mechanisms utilized by nearshore coral populations in the Florida Keys to resist bleaching events.”


Darrin Ambat:

My research examines the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on the reproductive output and behavior of the bluebanded goby (Lythrypnus dalli).  One method I utilize is laboratory mesocosms to construct artificial reefs similar to natural habitats that encourage reproduction while lowering seawater pH to levels similar to future projections associated with climate change. I am also developing methods that take laboratory mesocosms into the field using SCUBA-deployed benthic chambers to quantify the impacts of OA under more realistic conditions.”


Max Grezlik:

Ecosystem modeling to support ecosystem-based management of Atlantic menhaden

“Developing an ecosystem model of the U.S. east coast to inform management of Atlantic menhaden.  This model would allow management decisions to consider the impacts on key predators such as Striped bass, Weakfish, and Bluefish.”

Humboldt State University; Thesis adviser: Dr. Andre Buchheister

 


Zachary Topor:

“I am a marine ecologist studying the how disturbance structures the diversity, composition and overall function of nearshore communities. My research focuses on herbivory rate, a key ecosystem function on coral reefs, and how it is related to biodiversity and marine protected areas (MPAs).”


Emily Schmeltzer: