The Matt Beard Memorial Award
This special award is given in memory of Matt Beard, an FSU student who intended to devote his life's work to the conservation of corals. Matt's research focused on coral recruitment in the Florida Keys and identified important settlement patterns. His research was published posthumously (citation below). The award is given to the student who embodies all that Matt exemplified as a student of marine science and as a member of the FSUCML scientific diving community.
Mason B., M. Beard, MW Miller. 2011. Coral larvae settle at a higher frequency on red surfaces. Coral Reefs 30(3):667-676 DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0739-
2019 - Josh Manning
Josh Manning, Ph.D. student, Biological Sciences (Advisor: Dr. Sophie McCoy) has been awarded the 2019 Matt Beard Memorial Award for Excellence in Research. The major goal for Josh's dissertation research it so determine the effects of spatially constrained herbivory by parrotfishes on community assembly processes on coral reefs. Constrained herbivory in parrotfishes because of territorial interactions among conspecifics could increase open space suitable for coral recruitment, thus enhancing reef recovery.
Past Scholarship Awards:
2018 - Ethan Cissell - Ethan's research focuses on the interactions between endolithic bacteria and crustose coralline algae especially nutrient enchanges between the endolithic community and the host coralline, impacts of nutrient exchange on host ecology and bioerosion of the living host.
2017 - Abbey Engleman - Abbey's research looks into the significance of texture in coral recruitment and the application in restoration efforts. By combining characteristics that attract coral settlement with features known to enhance survival to recruitment, substrates can be designed to optimize the percent of larvae that recruit to a reef, improving restoration efforts and kick-starting ecosystem recovery. To read more about Abbey’s research https://fsumarinelab.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/can-3d-printed-corals-enhance-larval-recruitment-to-degraded-reefs/