Rachel Shaw

Rachel is a Masters student who joined the lab in January 2018. Her research focuses on the movement patterns of white sharks and their nursery habitats near New York. Very little is known about this species’ reproductive ecology; understanding these patterns will help inform scientists and fisheries management to better protect this apex predator from anthropogenic and environmental vulnerabilities. Prior to joining the lab, she worked with Dr. Ajemian as a summer intern looking at megafauna assemblages, and used aerial surveys to compare historical and empirical data on nearshore hardbottom habitats. Rachel graduated with honors from Ferris State University with her Bachelors of Science in environmental biology, and also has her graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Central Florida.

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Brianna Cahill

Bri is a master’s student who joined the lab in August of 2019. Her research focuses on the foraging ecology of mobile molluscan predators (e.g. spotted eagle rays, cownose rays, and black drum) over clam lease aquaculture deployments in the Indian River Lagoon. In addition to studying the behavior of tagged molluscivores, her research will also include assessing community structure of other marine fishes and invertebrates in the clam lease habitats when compared to locations of similar benthic conditions in the IRL. Prior to joining the lab in August, Bri worked as a summer intern for Dr. Ajemian assessing the residency patterns of these mobile molluscan predators to determine visitation durations at clam lease sites.

For additional information regarding graduate programs at FAU, please visit the websites for the MS and PhD programs.



Grace Roskar


DEGREE: M.S. Biological Sciences

DURATION: August 2017-May 2019

CURRENT POSITION: Research technician (UNC-IMS), Starting October – Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

Grace’s research focused on the characterization of the distribution and habitat use of elasmobranchs in the southern Indian River Lagoon.

Breanna DeGroot


DEGREE: M.S. (Biological Sciences)

DURATION: January 2017 - December 2018

CURRENT POSITION: Research Technician (FAU-HBOI), Grouper Guard Project

Breanna joined the lab in January 2017. Her work compared habitat use, fine, and large scale migration of spotted eagle rays in both the Indian River Lagoon and Sarasota Bay

Cameron Luck


DEGREE: M.S. (Biological Sciences)

DURATION: January 2017 - December 2018

CURRENT POSITION: Biological Scientist (NCDENR)

Cameron’s research focused on characterizing spawning biology of bonefish (Albula vulpes) found in the the Bahamas.