2018 Awards

2018 Guy Harvey Scholarship Award 

Congratulations to Barry Walton, 2018 Guy Harvey Scholarship Award recipient. Barry will use the scholarship to help support his research which focuses on describing the reproductive biology and behaviors of two marine catfish species (Ariopsis felis and Bagre marinus) that are abundant throughout the southeastern US. He will study their fecundity, identify and describe sexual dimorphic traits, and perform genetic analysis to better understand their mating strategies. In addition I will be using ultrasonic acoustic telemetry to study their seasonal movement patterns, migration characteristics, and distribution throughout Apalachicola Bay. “Barry's award is noteworthy in its own right, but considering the fact that Guy Harvey typically focuses on charismatic fauna and Barry is studying two species that fishers utterly LOATHE, I believe his selection was truly exceptional! This speaks to the significance of his work and, more importantly, Barry's ability to convince reviewers of that significance” says Dr. Chip Cotton, Assistant Professor of Fisheries & Aquaculture-State University of New York at Cobleskill and former FSU advisor to Barry.

2018 FSUCML Conservation Research Award

Congratulations to Bryan Keller, Ph.D. student, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Advisor: Dr. Dean Grubbs). Bryan’s current research is determining if coastal bonnethead sharks use magnetic-based navigation, which is common in other marine animals like sea turtles. This award is the brain child of FSU alumni Tommy Warren and Kathy Villacorta, who created this endowment to provide support for graduate student research. 


2018 FSUCML Graduate Student Research Scholarship

Barry Walton, Ph. D. student, FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Advisors: Dr. Chip Cotton and Dr. Mariana Fuentes). Barry’s research will focus on the spatial ecology, reproductive biology, and behavior of two species of marine catfishes. Using acoustic telemetry I will determine sex-specific and seasonal movement patterns of these catfishes within Apalachicola Bay.

Congratulations to Bryan Keller, Ph.D. student, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Advisor: Dr. Dean Grubbs). Bryan’s current research is determining if coastal bonnethead sharks use magnetic-based navigation, which is common in other marine animals like sea turtles.


2018 Aylesworth Scholarship Award

Bryan Keller, Ph.D. student, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (Advisor: Dr. Dean Grubbs) will use the grant funds to help support his research on the seasonal migrations of coastal sharks.  His work is focused on determining if coastal bonnethead sharks use magnetic-based navigation, which is common in other marine animals like sea turtles. Learn more about the Aylesworth Scholarship program through Florida Sea Grant.


2018 National Geographic Grant Recipients

The National Geographic Early Career Grant Winner – Abbey Engleman

The National Geographic Society awards grants for conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology through its Committee for Research and Exploration. Congratulations FSUCML Graduate Student Abbey Engleman for receiving the National Geographic Early Career grant for her proposal titled: 3D Technology to Advance Coral Reef Restoration.

This proposal includes both research and an outreach component, which use separate types of 3D technology. The research will use 3D modeling and 3D printing to design scalable settlement substrates to test the influence of multi-level structural complexity and chemical morphogens on larval settlement and post-settlement survival. 

The outreach component included in this proposal is to create a 3D Virtual Reality (VR) video. By using VR technology to immerse diverse audiences in underwater research, this outreach video can foster a sense of connection between scientific research and the broader community.

The learn more about Abbey’s research click here: https://fsumarinelab.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/can-3d-printed-corals-enhance-larval-recruitment-to-degraded-reefs/ 


2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Congratulations to FSUCML PhD. Graduate Student Bianca Prohaska, advisor Dr. Dean Grubbs, on becoming a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalist. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant's founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with "hosts" in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship. Bianca will travel to Washington, D.C. in fall 2018 to meet with prospective host offices in the Executive and Legislative branches of government for fellowship placement.

Use the links in the sidebar to see some of FSUCML's previous award and grant recipients.


Last Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9:56 AM