CURRENT PH.D. STUDENTS

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Steven Lombardo

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. Identifying habitat that stewards recruitment of this recreationally important species is vital to implementing protections to aid in the restoration of the Florida Keys bonefish population.

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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.