Awards and Honors
Friends of Long Marine Lab Student Research
Awards support 19 projects
By Tim Stephens
Kelp forests, dolphins, coral reef fish, and a broad range
of other subjects in the marine sciences are under investigation
in 19 student research projects supported this year by the Friends
of Long Marine Lab Student Research Awards. The awards will
provide a total of $11,200 in research funding for the student
projects, which were selected by a proposal review committee.
The award recipients were recognized last week at a special
ceremony and reception held at the Seymour Marine Discovery
Center. In addition, the Friends of Long Marine Lab will honor
the top two student research award recipients--Olivia Cheriton
and Itchung Cheung, both graduate students in ocean sciences--with
a special award to be presented at the annual Global Oceans
Gourmet Dinner, a f20 undraising event for the Friends of LML
that will take place March at the Bittersweet Bistroin Aptos.
(For ticket information, call (831) 459-3694.)
The Friends of LML provides funding for public education, marine
mammal programs, and student research, as well as the development
and operation of the Seymour Center. The Student Research Awards
come from the interest generated by six different endowments:
The Jane McHenry Student Awards Fund, the Lillian McPherson
Rouse Student Award Fund, the William Baye Heald Scholarship
Fund, the Friends of LML Student Support Fund, the Mark T. MacMillan
Memorial Prize Fund, and the Ken Norris Marine Mammal Research
The winning student researchers and their projects are as follows:
Yvette R. Alva
"Reconstructing the Biogeography of Coral Reef Fish in
the Tropical Eastern Pacific"
Carla D. Chenault
"History of Long-Term Beach Width Change, Oceanside Littoral
Cell, California "
Olivia M. Cheriton
"Relaxation from Upwelling and Thin Layer Dynamics in Monterey
"Possible Marine Toxin Contamination in Dungeness and Rock
Crabs in Monterey Bay and the Effect on Community Consumer Exposure"
Tish L. Conway-Cranos
"Geographical Variation in Recovery of Rocky Intertidal
Communities After a Disturbance"
"HAB Impacts on Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)"
Melissa M. Foley
"Effects of Terrestrial Inputs on Macrocystis Forests Along
the Central Coast of California"
"Evasion of Dimethylmercury from Upwelling Water in Monterey
Bay as a Potential Source of Monomethylmercury to the Atmosphere"
"Timing of Gamete Release by an Alga, Silvetia compressa"
"Steelhead Life History Strategies: the Influence of Growth
Rate and Freshwater Habitat on Smolting"
"Energetics and Foraging and Locomotion in the Northern
Elephant Seal Mirounga angustirostris"
R. William Henry
"Tracking the Laysan Albatross and Regional Differences
in Marine Toxins"
"A Playback Approach to Investigate the Behavioral Significance
of Call Directionality in Male Northern Elephant Seals (Mirounga
Carey Elizabeth Kuhn
"Measuring Feeding Rates of the California Sea Lion (Zalophus
californianus): Effects of Stomach Filling on Consumption
Mary Eileen Slattery Langsner
"Protective Mechanisms in Larval Teleost Fishes: Examining
the Role of Xenobiotic Transport in Developmental and Reproductive
"Domoic Acid Levels in Blood Samples of Randomly Tagged
California Sea Lions"
Heather E. Mostman
"Thermal Limitations of Fur Seals and Sea Lions on the
Jason L. Muslow
"Temporary Threshold Shift Recovery in Three Species of
Marina L. Ramon
"Inter- and Intraspecific Relationships of Intertidal Sculpins"
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