Grace Roskar, M.S. Student (Biological Sciences)

email:  aroskar2017@fau.edu   Grace is a Masters student who joined the lab in August 2017. Her research focuses on the characterization of the  distribution and habitat use of elasmobranchs in the southern Indian River Lagoon . Understanding how sharks and rays utilize the lagoon will provide insight as to how these predators may respond to environmental stressors and toxicological events in the heavily impacted estuarine ecosystem. Prior to joining the lab, Grace spent time working on ocean policy and advocacy with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C., as well as educating students at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach, Florida. Grace graduated from the University of Miami with departmental honors in marine science and biology. While at UM, she interned with the Shark Research and Conservation Program and also conducted research on changes in epifaunal biodiversity of coral patches in Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

email: aroskar2017@fau.edu

Grace is a Masters student who joined the lab in August 2017. Her research focuses on the characterization of the distribution and habitat use of elasmobranchs in the southern Indian River Lagoon. Understanding how sharks and rays utilize the lagoon will provide insight as to how these predators may respond to environmental stressors and toxicological events in the heavily impacted estuarine ecosystem. Prior to joining the lab, Grace spent time working on ocean policy and advocacy with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C., as well as educating students at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in North Palm Beach, Florida. Grace graduated from the University of Miami with departmental honors in marine science and biology. While at UM, she interned with the Shark Research and Conservation Program and also conducted research on changes in epifaunal biodiversity of coral patches in Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

Rachel Shaw, M.S. Student (Biological Sciences)

email:  rshaw2018@fau.edu   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.

email: rshaw2018@fau.edu

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.

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


LAB ALUMNI

Breanna DeGroot, M.S. (Biological Sciences)

EMAIL:  bdegroot2017@fau.edu   CURRENT POSITION: Research Technician (FAU-HBOI)  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.

EMAIL: bdegroot2017@fau.edu

CURRENT POSITION: Research Technician (FAU-HBOI)

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, M.S. Student (Biological Sciences)

EMAIL:  cluck2017@fau.edu   CURRENT POSITION: Biological Scientist (NCDMF)  Cameron’s research focused on characterizing  spawning reproductive of bonefish  ( Albula vulpes ) found in the the Bahamas.

EMAIL: cluck2017@fau.edu

CURRENT POSITION: Biological Scientist (NCDMF)

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