2018 Matt Beard Memorial Award
Congratulations to Ethan Cissell, Ph.D. student, Biological Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Sophie McCoy) for being awarded the 2018 Matt Beard Memorial Award for Excellence in Research. The annual award is given to a student member of the FSU scientific diving community that best embodies the spirit of former FSU student Matt Beard, who was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2007 before his project in coral conservation could be completed. Ethan's research focuses on the interactions between endolithic bacteria and crustose coralline algae especially nutrient exchanges between the endolithic community and the host coralline, impacts of nutrient exchange on host ecology, and bioerosion of the living host.
2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Congratulations to FSUCML PhD. Graduate Bianca Prohaska, advisor Dr. Dean Grubbs, who recently earned her Ph.D. in ecology and evolution. For her dissertation, she investigated the stress physiology in the endangered smalltooth sawfish and how human-caused habitat loss may be affecting juveniles. She also studied how longline capture in scalloped and great hammerheads affects their stress physiology, and their potential to survive once released. As a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow Bianca will be working for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Ocean and Atmospheric Research International Activities Office in Washington D.C.. . 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.
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/
Use the links in the sidebar to see some of FSUCML's previous award and grant recipients.