January 30, 2006
Friends of Long Marine Lab supports 16 student
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
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
The winning student researchers and their projects are as follows:
"Comparative Foraging Ecology of Albatrosses: Implications
for Life Strategies"
"Reproductive Cycles in Relation to Vocal Behavior in the
"SEA-LABS: A Sensor Network for Real-Time Monitoring of
"Biological Correlates of Extinction Threats in Seabirds"
"Physiological Adaptation to Fasting in the Northern Elephant
Seal, Mirounga angustirostris"
"Differential Use of a Watershed by Different Life History
Stages of Juvenile Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)"
"Determining the Importance of the Macrocystis Canopy
for Invertebrate Biodiversity"
"Investigating the Existence of Autotrophic Archaea in
the Mesopelagic Ocean using Stable 13C and 15N Isotopic Fractionation
Patterns of Individual Amino Acids"
"A Survey of Coastal Peregrine Falcon Nests from Big Sur
to Point Reyes"
"Auditory Temporal Resolution in Three Species of Pinniped"
Kelly M. Newton
"At-sea Mortality Patterns of Monterey Bay Seabirds"
"Navigation and Spatial Scale Use of the Northern Elephant
Seal (Mirounga angustirostris)"
"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"
"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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