Steven Lombardo, M.S. (Integrative biology - Marine Science program)

email:  slombardo2018@fau.edu   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. Prior to joining the Ajemian Lab, Steven completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Akron in Akron, OH, and a M.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City, NC. Under the advisement of Dr. Jeffrey Buckel, he worked closely with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries to assess spawning habitat use and characterize the spawning migration phenology of anadromous alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), collectively known as river herring. He has also regularly been involved with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Independent Survey (SEFIS), assisted in mark-recapture studies to estimate release mortality of reef and pelagic fish species, and has worked professionally as a creel clerk for Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and as a radiological chemist.

email: slombardo2018@fau.edu

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. Prior to joining the Ajemian Lab, Steven completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Akron in Akron, OH, and a M.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at NC State University’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City, NC. Under the advisement of Dr. Jeffrey Buckel, he worked closely with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries to assess spawning habitat use and characterize the spawning migration phenology of anadromous alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis), collectively known as river herring. He has also regularly been involved with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southeast Fisheries Independent Survey (SEFIS), assisted in mark-recapture studies to estimate release mortality of reef and pelagic fish species, and has worked professionally as a creel clerk for Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and as a radiological chemist.

Priscila Rocha Vasconcelos Araújo, M.S. (Visiting PhD Student)

email:  priscila.rocha.cg@gmail.com   Priscila is from the Postgraduate Program in Fishery Resources and Aquaculture of the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) in Recife, BR. She joined the lab as a visiting PhD student in November 2018. Her research is focused on describing the life history of  Aetobatus narinari  caught in artisanal fisheries of 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. Priscila has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - UEPB (2012) where studied spatiotemporal variation in trophic ecology of two species of pufferfish in an estuary of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. She holds a master’s in Biological Oceanography from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG (2015), where she focused on reproductive ecology of  Myliobatis  spp. (Chondrichthyes, Myliobatidae) and bycatch in coastal artisanal fisheries in southern Brazil.

email: priscila.rocha.cg@gmail.com

Priscila is from the Postgraduate Program in Fishery Resources and Aquaculture of the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) in Recife, BR. She joined the lab as a visiting PhD student in November 2018. Her research is focused on describing the life history of Aetobatus narinari caught in artisanal fisheries of 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. Priscila has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - UEPB (2012) where studied spatiotemporal variation in trophic ecology of two species of pufferfish in an estuary of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. She holds a master’s in Biological Oceanography from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG (2015), where she focused on reproductive ecology of Myliobatis spp. (Chondrichthyes, Myliobatidae) and bycatch in coastal artisanal fisheries in southern Brazil.