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Graduate Students Shine at National Meetings

UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory graduate students were in the spotlight at several recent national meetings including the American Fisheries Society's (AFS) 147th Annual Meeting, the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA), and the Rising Tide Stakeholder Meeting.  In additional to numerous presentations and posters authored and presented by the students, many of our students were the recipients of prestigious awards.  Congratulations!

American Fisheries Society (AFS), 147th Annual Meeting -- Tampa, FL

Awards

Allison Durland Donahou (PhD student):  Elected as Secretary of the Florida Chapter Student Subunit of AFS, University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (UF CALS) Student Travel Grant recipient, AFS Florida Chapter Student Travel Grant recipient

Katie Lawson Wins Roger Rottman ScholarshipKatie Lawson (PhD Candidate): Roger Rottman Memorial Scholarship recipient (highest student honor bestowed by the Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society)

Tim Lyons (MS student):  AFS Florida Chapter Student Travel Grant recipient

Shane Ramee (PhD candidate):  UF CALS William C. and Bertha M. Cornell Fellowship, AFS Fish Culture Section Best Student Abstract, AFS Florida Chapter Student Travel Grant recipient

Mike Sipos (MS student) AFS Florida Chapter Student Travel Grant recipient

Oral Presentations Authored by Students

Durland Donahou, A., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. Predicting distributions of non-native freshwater fish: a role for climate indicators? American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Lawson, K.M., and J.E. Hill. 2017. Predicting successful invasion of non-native freshwater fishes in Florida: stage-based models and application to risk assessment. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Lipscomb, T., A. Wood, S. Ramee, M. Sipos, E. Groover, and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Evaluating live feed alternatives for the culture of four commercially valuable ornamental teleosts. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Lohr, K., A. Cook McNab, C. Manfrino, E. Camp, D. Suggett, and J. Patterson. 2017. The role of reef zone and light acclimation in the performance of corals under restoration. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Lyons, T., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. Risk screening for “other” lionfishes in the marine ornamental trade. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

O’Donnell, K., K. Lohr, E. Bartels, and J. Patterson. 2017. Evaluating nursery and outplanting aspects of the population enhancement process for staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis.  American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Ramee, S., T. Lipscomb, and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Assessing the influence of environmental stressors on sex determination in two ornamental fishes. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Sipos, M., T. Lipscomb, A. Wood, S. Ramee, E. Groover, C. Watson, and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Evaluating cGnRH IIa for spawning induction of two freshwater ornamental fish species. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Oral Presentations Co-authored by Students

Hill, J.E., Q.M. Tuckett, and K.M. Lawson. 2017. Climate match fails to explain variation in establishment success of non-native freshwater fishes in a warm climate region. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida. (Invited).

Patterson, J., K. Lohr, U. Kuzhiumparambil, E. Camp, and D. Suggett. 2017. Applications for metabolomics in coral biology and restoration. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Posters Authored by Students

Groover, E., M. Alo, J. Digidio, S. Ramee, T. Lipscomb, and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Captive culture and larval development of the Melanurus Wrasse, Halichoeres melanurus. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Posters Co-authored by Students

Staugler, E., R. Lucas, and J. Patterson. 2017. An overview of bay scallop Argopecten irradians restoration efforts in Charlotte County, Florida with future directions. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Tampa, Florida.

Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) -- New Orleans, LA

Awards

Tim Lyons (MS student) – Best Poster award

Poster Presentations Authored by Students

Groover, E., M. Alo, J. Digidio, S. Ramee, T. Lipscomb, and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Captive culture and larval development of the Melanurus Wrasse, Halichoeres melanurus. Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lyons, T., Q.M. Tuckett, and J.E. Hill. 2017. An Evaluation of The “Other” Lionfish in the Marine Ornamental Trade. Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Rising Tide Stakeholder Meeting -- New Orleans, LA

Oral Presentations Authored by Students

Groover, E., and M. DiMaggio. 2017. Recent developments in captive culture of Halichoeres spp. wrasses. Rising Tide Stakeholder Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.