January 1, 2007
Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 11 student research projects
By Tim Stephens
Albatrosses, harbor seals, steelhead trout, and leopard sharks are among the subjects
of the 11 student research projects that will be supported this year by the Friends of
Long Marine Lab Student Research and Education Awards. The awards will provide a total
of $9,512 in research funding for the student projects, which were selected by a proposal
The award recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony and reception at the
Seymour Marine Discovery Center on Thursday, January 25. In addition, the Friends of
Long Marine Lab will honor the top two student research award recipients--Caren
Barceló, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Brett Walker,
a graduate student in ocean sciences--with a special award to be presented at the annual
Global Oceans Gourmet Dinner on April 14 at Chaminade.
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 and Education Awards come from the interest generated by five
different endowments: the Jane McHenry Student Awards Fund, the Lillian McPherson Rouse
Student Award 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:
"The effects of hydrostatic pressure on the hair layer of pinnipeds"
"Do hitchhiking crabs eat feces of epibionts? The diet of columbus
crabs with sea turtles in the Pacific, looking specifically at crab diet and social
"Importance of marine derived nutrients for juvenile steelhead reared in
seasonal coastal lagoon"
"Genetic analysis of Mugil cephalus populations in the northern Gulf of California"
"Oceanographic habitat use of four species of albatrosses: A comparative study"
"A study of the resting rate metabolism of the leopard shark Triakis semifasciata
under different physiological conditions"
"Investigating the existence of autotrophic archaea in the mesopelagic ocean using
stable Carbon 13 and Nitrogen 15 isotopic fractionation patterns of individual amino acids"
"Pinnipeds consuming the McFish of the sea? Assessing the diet of S.F. Bay harbor
seals using compound-specific isotope analysis"
"Northern elephant seal weaner foraging success as determined by mass and whisker
stable Carbon 13 and Nitrogen 15 isotope ratios"
"Upwelling and the California current system: A dynamic source of coastal
dissolved organic matter"
"The coyotes of Isla Magdalena: Impacts of fisheries by-catch on a desert island"