CURRENT PH.D. STUDENTS
Steven is a PhD student who joined the lab in June 2018. His research is focused on identifying and characterizing habitat used by juvenile bonefish (Albula vulpes) in the Florida Keys. Currently it is unknown what habitats juvenile bonefish use in South Florida, and what is known about juvenile bonefish habitat selection in The Bahamas does not appear to hold true in South Florida. Identifying habitat that stewards recruitment of this recreationally important species is vital to implementing management strategies that will aid in restoring the Florida Keys bonefish population to its storied past. Steven obtained his MS from NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology where he studied long-term river herring spawning habitat use in response to climate change and watershed land use.
Priscila Rocha Vasconcelos Araujo
Priscila is a PhD student from Brazil in the Postgraduate Program in Fishery Resources and Aquaculture of the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) in Recife. She joined the lab as a visiting student in November 2018. Her research is focused on describing the life history of the spotted eagle ray Aetobatus narinari caught in artisanal fishing in Pernambuco, Northeastern Brazil. During her visit she intends to study the structure and population status of the spotted eagle rays from Pernambuco coast, Brazil, and to compare them with the populations from Atlantic west coast. She graduated in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - UEPB (2012) where she studied spatio-temporal variation and trophic ecology of two species of pufferfish in an estuary of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. She is also a master in Biological Oceanography from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG (2015), focusing on reproductive ecology of Myliobatis spp. (Chondrichthyes, Myliobatidae) and bycatch in coastal artisanal fisheries in southern Brazil.