Breanna is a Masters student who joined the lab in January 2017. She is conducting research to compare habitat use, fine, and large scale migration of spotted eagle rays in both the Indian River Lagoon and Sarasota Bay. This information will fill fundamental knowledge gaps and may lead to continued conservation efforts for the species in the US and abroad. Breanna joined the team after conducting research with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota where she worked as a research assistant with the Ray Conservation Program. She also spent time with the Ocean Acidification Program at Mote’s Summerland Key facility conducting studies to better assist coral restoration efforts. She graduated with honors in marine biology from UNC-Wilmington. While there she published a paper on the effects Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDC’s) had in a cosmopolitan fish, the inland silverside. Breanna has also been heavily involved with outdoor education; she has spent the past 4 years educating toddlers through adults on various marine issues through captivating and engaging techniques.
Cameron is a Masters student who joined the lab in January 2017. His research is focused on characterizing the aggregation patterns and spawning behaviors of bonefish (Albula vulpes) found in the Florida Keys and various islands of the Bahamas. This information will help inform management and supplement a stock enhancement protocol for facilitating the rehabilitation of this species. Prior to joining the Ajemian Lab, Cameron worked as a research technician with the Center for Marine Science and Technology in Morehead City, NC, where he assisted in the development of an extensive acoustic telemetry array for monitoring movement and mortality of weakfish (Cynoscion regalis). He has also been involved in mark-recapture studies to assess release mortality in a variety of reef complex and pelagic species. Cameron graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from North Carolina State University with a focus in both applied ecology and marine biology. While there, he conducted research on a certain digenean trematode and its effect on the condition of several piscivorous fish in Pamlico sound.
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.
For additional information regarding graduate programs at FAU, please visit the websites for the MS and PhD programs.