IWFA SCHOLARSHIP TRUST
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS' RESEARCH PROJECTS

(LA) Studying ocean acidification and warming effects on rock scallop. Research will inform reef restoration efforts in the face of keeping up with climate change.

  • Studying how increased ocean acidification is affecting shell structure of scallops. Also looking into stress effects on lipid and proteins and the micro fauna that live in/with scallops.
  • University of Washington

(BB) Researching the lingcod diet and concern for rockfish fishery recovery

  • The study of the lingcod diet variation in the scope of rockfish recovery in several Pacific coast regions, using gut content analysis and stable isotopes. Collaboration with local anglers, captains and resource agencies
  • San Jose State University, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

(CH) Studying oyster long-line aquaculture effects on estuarine ecology

  • Studying invertebrates association with and without long-line oyster farms and the ecological impacts on the estuarine community
  • Humboldt State University

(HG) Investigating the molecular diversity of sea anemones

  • Investigating how climate change (past and present) is affecting species diversity in anemones
  • For example, how did the last glacial maximum affect the diversity and species boundaries in what we see today, and how could changes in currents due to climate change affect the genetic mixing of modern populations?
  • Ohio State University

(EJ) Studying the initial use of MPAs by fishes

  • Studying 7 Marine Protected Aras (MPAs). Using video visual census to measure which species and size classes of fish exploit MPAs with the first 5 years of institution.
  • CSU-Northridge

(EK) Studying how phytoplankton response to ocean acidification

  • Studying how ocean acidification may affect resource acquisition for growth and reproduction in natural phytoplankton communities
  • University of South Carolina

(WG) Characterizing the recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery along the U.S. east coast

  • Using satellite tags to determine post-release survival of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the light-tackle recreational fishery.  Using surveys to assess Atlantic bluefin angler preferences, motivations, and values in order to inform management that maximizes the fishery's socioeconomic benefits while keeping landings within prescribed limits
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

(NM) Determining the genetic population structure of white marlin

  • Determining if the white marlin population is one population ormake up of more than one subpopulation, using DNA analysis
  • VIMS

(EM) Using thermal energetics and activity rates in the study of horn sharks

  • Using accelerometers and acoustic tags to track movements and behaviors of horn sharks in kelp forests.
  • CSU-Long Beach 

(SM) Updating the spawning biomass of stripers

  • Updating the largest striper tissue collection (fin clips) in lower Chesapeake. Using
  • DNA of mark-capture, population structure.
  • VIMS

(BPa)  Investigating the Diet composition of zooplankton

  • Using stable isotopes and fatty acid analysis, identify links between tide, temperature and nutrients and variation in zooplankton diet
  • University of San Diego

(BPe)  Researching the age structure of growth rates of vermillion rockfishes (red rock cod or red rock fish)

  • Research should help revise the previous knowledge of age and growth because a cryptic species of rockfish was recently discovered
  • CSU – Northridge

(KR) Studying American oyster fecundity an genetic analysis

  • Identifying an breeding out detrimental oyster traits to alleviate commercial pressure on the natural oyster fishery
  • VIN

(GS)  Researching the effects of increasing temperature and hypoxia on coastal fishes

  • Has researched effects of hypoxia on skates, and is expanding blood chemistry research to summer flounder.
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

(JSh) Studying the nutrient cycling in kelp forests: the role of excretion by the fish community

  • Studies the role of fish urine, a previously underestimated source of nutrients on kelp forest productivity and stability. Also examines how human activities – such as fishing and the establishment of marine reserves— alters this critical component of nutrient cycling in kelp forest ecosystems.
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, CSU Monterey Bay,  Moss Landing, CA

(JSi)Assessing shark biology fishing education and fishery outreach

  • Reviewing educational programs (data and in the field) to better educate youth in shark biology, life history and human involvement
  • University of Miami

(KS) Researching the impacts of parrotfish grazing and territoriality on coral cover in the Florida Keys

  • Parrotfish are abundant herbivores in the Florida Keys Using acoustic telemetry to monitor parrotfish territoriality and habitat use on patch reefs to better understand their impacts on coral reef ecosystems
  • Collaborative work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Clemson University, Department of Biological Sciences

(JV) Studying the effects of urbanization on the fishes in Barnegat Bay, NJ: A three-part study

  • Comparing fish communities along a gradient of urbanization in the watershed
  • Assessing the use of urbanized (bulk-headed/developed) versus natural marsh creeks by fish communities
  • Looking at summer flounder otoliths (ear stones) to assess growth rates between more and less urban areas 
  • Rutgers University

(FW) Studying sex ratios of hatchling olive ridley sea turtles at Ostional, Costa Rica

  • Investigating how climate change impacts sea turtle sex ratios (since turtle sex is dependent on incubation temperature, increasing temperatures could skew sex ratio
    completely towards females as well as increase embryo mortality, threatening the sustainability of the population)
  • Investigating a nonlethal method of accurately sexing sea turtle hatchling sex through hormones found in blood
  • Southeastern Louisiana University

(CW) Investigating spatial and temporal variability of Barred Sand Bass

  • Investigating whether spawning bass are locating themselves in areas with enough food to support spawning
  • CSU-Northridge