2013 Spring Scholarships


Kaycee Coleman, Rutgers University

Research focus is on winter flounder stock assessment. In addition to the traditional archival tagging effort this program has also instituted the use of acoustic tagging that is tracked by autonomous underwater vehicles, (AUV’s). This cutting edge technique will most likely broaden research to other species as well.


Jamie Caridad, Rutgers University

Research focus is on the ingress of larval fish into the Great Bay and Mullica River estuary. Using a 20 year data set of weekly fish sampling Jamie is examining the early life history of native fishes to understand reasons why some are impeded from reaching spawning age.


Jenny Paterno, Rutgers University

Research focus includes an oyster bed restoration project in the Mid Atlantic creating reefs that provide the habitat needed for rebuilding a healthy stock. Oyster beds provide many services to fishes including foraging habitat, shelter for juvenile individuals and increased food resources. In addition, her studies also include field ecology in prepping, executing and processing data from field studies to evaluate the use of fishes, shrimps and crabs to construct “living shorelines”. Living shorelines are an environmentally friendly tactic designed to inhibit erosion.


Daniel Cullen, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dan is studying for his PhD. His research focus is on developing better methods of Black Sea Bass stock assessments using underwater video systems and creating better statistical methods for analysis of the results. Video systems allow for a more accurate stock assessment for sampling BSB on structured habitats then the traditional method of bottom trawl surveys which are primarily restricted to softer bottom sediments away from live or hard bottom reef areas. The idea to specialize the video assessment comes from the fact that Black Sea Bass are migratory, occupying these inshore habitats from spring to autumn. This method will provide better indexing on the abundance of BSB on structured habitats. The allowable catch is currently based on historic landings.


Mathew Siskey, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Matt’s research project is focused on Bluefin tuna age and growth, investigating recent and past growth rates from samples taken principally from recreational fisheries up and down the east coast. His findings were presented at an international workshop on age and growth of Bluefin tuna in which participants developed aging conventions that could be adopted by ICCAT in the coming years. Another aspect of the research is to access the mixing that occurs between the western (Gulf of Mexico origin) and eastern (Mediterranean Sea origin) stocks in the US seas fisheries.


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