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January 30, 2006

Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 16 student research projects

By Tim Stephens

Seabirds, sea turtles, and walruses are among the subjects of the 16 student research projects that will be supported this year by the Friends of Long Marine Lab Student Research Awards. The awards will provide a total of $11,000 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--Leslie Roland, a graduate student in ocean sciences, and Dana K. Wingfield, a graduate student in Earth sciences--with a special award to be presented at the annual Global Oceans Gourmet Dinner on March 12 at the Bittersweet Bistro.

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 Award.

The winning student researchers and their projects are as follows:

Michelle Antolos
"Comparative Foraging Ecology of Albatrosses: Implications for Life Strategies"

Jonathan Brininger
"Reproductive Cycles in Relation to Vocal Behavior in the Pacific Walrus"

Matt Bromage
"SEA-LABS: A Sensor Network for Real-Time Monitoring of Coral Reefs"

Stacey Buckelew
"Biological Correlates of Extinction Threats in Seabirds"

Cory Champagne
"Physiological Adaptation to Fasting in the Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris"

Walter Heady
"Differential Use of a Watershed by Different Life History Stages of Juvenile Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)"

Kendra Karr
"Determining the Importance of the Macrocystis Canopy for Invertebrate Biodiversity"

Jennifer Lehman
"Investigating the Existence of Autotrophic Archaea in the Mesopelagic Ocean using Stable 13C and 15N Isotopic Fractionation Patterns of Individual Amino Acids"

Sandra Menzel
"A Survey of Coastal Peregrine Falcon Nests from Big Sur to Point Reyes"

Jason Mulsow
"Auditory Temporal Resolution in Three Species of Pinniped"

Kelly M. Newton
"At-sea Mortality Patterns of Monterey Bay Seabirds"

Patrick Robinson
"Navigation and Spatial Scale Use of the Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)"

Leslie Roland
"Identifying the Composition of Sinking and Suspended Particles below the Surface into the Twilight Zone"

Christine C. Shepard
"Effects of Boat Traffic and Resultant Noise on Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in Sarasota Bay, Florida"

Michelle Staedler
"Individual Variation in Maternal Care and Provisioning in the Southern Sea Otter (Enhydralutris nereis): Causes and Consequences of Diet Specialization in a Top Predator"

Dana K. Wingfield
"Elucidating Habitat Use of Foraging Juvenile Loggerhead Turtles in Baja California Sur, México"

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