Accepted Student Presentations

Below is a list of accepted student presentations. Presentations can be viewed HERE (accessible only to registered members, beginning on 11/16). 


BIOGEOCHEMISTRY


Spatial and Temporal Variability of CO2 Flux in Galveston Bay, Texas

Larissa Marie Dias; Xinping Hu. 

Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Are Ecosystem Functions Fully Recovered in Two 30-year-old Constructed Marshes

Taylor C. Ledford; Behzad Mortazavi; Corianne Tatariw; Sommer F. Starr; Erin Smyth; Lora Simpson; Abigail Griffin Wood; Julia A. Cherry 

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487


Exploring Light Dependence of Sulfide Oxidizing Microbial Communities in SETX Coastal Marshes

Jordan Denis Snowden; Matthew Hoch

Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77705


ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION


Oyster Resource Zones in Coastal Louisiana: Defining Oyster Resource Zones for Restoration, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

Lauren Michelle Swam1; Megan La Peyre1,2; Brady Couvillion3; Brian Callam4; Jerome La Peyre5

1Agricultural Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; 2Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, USGS

3USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA USGS; 4 Oyster Research Lab, Louisiana Sea Grant; 5School of Animal Science, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center


Evaluating Functional and Trophic Equivalence of Restored Marshes on Deer Island, MS

Emelia R. Marshall; Zachary Darnell; Patrick Biber; Kevin Dillon

School of Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564


Comparing Functions of Different Habitats to Advance Oyster Reef Restoration Projects

Devin Comba; Jennifer Beseres Pollack

Marine Biology, Harte Research Institute, TAMUCC, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Development and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services for Restored Oyster Reefs in Louisiana

Sarah Catherine LeBlanc1; Ryann E. Rossi2; Brian J. Roberts2; Megan K. La Peyre1

1Louisiana State University, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; 2Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium 


Assessment of Serpulid Reef Communities as Critical Habitat in Baffin Bay, Texas

Terence Aaron Palmer1; Natasha Breaux1; Benoit Lebreton2; Gael Guillou2; Jennifer Beseres Pollack1

1Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412; 2UMR Littoral, Environment et Societies, CNRS - University of La Rochelle, Institut du Littoral et de l‚ Environnement, 17000 La Rochelle, France


The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on Oyster Restoration

Shailee R. Modi; Marc H. Hanke

Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston Honors College, Houston, TX 77004


MANGROVES AND MARSHES


Consumption of Mangrove Plant Matter Decreases Body Condition of Salt Marsh Invertebrates

Janelle A. Goeke; Anna R. Armitage

Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77553


Belowground Warming Alters Growth Responses of Avicennia germinans and Spartina alterniflora

Harris B. Stevens1; William C. Vervaeke1,2; Mark W. Hester1

1Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70504; 1,2Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Lafayette, LA 70501 


Measuring abundance of fauna at a restored marsh site in southeast Louisiana

Benjamin Lee Bates; Quenton C. Fontenot; Gary J. LaFleur

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA 70310


Decomposition Rates of Spartina alterniflora in Coastal Louisiana Natural and Created Marshes

Allison Olivier Benelli1; Katelyn J. Lamb1; Erick M. Swenson1; Paola Lopez-Duarte2; Brian Roberts3; Michael J. Polito1

1Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; 2University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223; 3Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Chauvin, LA 70344


Impacts of Mangrove Expansion on Habitat Preference and Fidelity of Saltmarsh Killifish

Simen Kaalstad

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


PLANKTON ECOLOGY


Floods and Phytoplankton: Assessing Impacts from the 2019 Mississippi River Flooding

Andrea C. Jaegge; Jennifer M. Raabe; Beth A. Stauffer

Department of Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA 70503


Phytoplankton Community Changes Through a Drought-wet Climate Transition in a South Texas Estuary

Sarah V. Douglas1; Jianhong Xue1; Amber K. Hardison2; Zhanfei Liu1

1University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX, 78373; 2Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA 23062


POPULATION AND COMMUNITY ECOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY


The Prevalence of Soniferous Fishes Globally and in the Gulf of Mexico

Audrey Looby1,2; Kieran Cox3,4; Santiago Bravo5; Rodney Rountree6; Francis Juanes6; Laura K. Reynolds7; Charles W. Martin1

1UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, University of Florida, Cedar Key, FL 32625 2Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; 3Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8P 3E6, Canada; 4Hakai Institute, Campbell River, BC V9W 0B7, Canada; 5Instituto Oceanografico, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo 05508-120, Brasil; 6Department of Biology, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC V8P 3E6, Canada and The Fish Listener, Waquoit, MA 02536; 7Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 


Assessing Biotic Integrity of Tidal Streams Along the Lower Texas Coast

Alexis J Neffinger; Jennifer Pollack; Terry Palmer; Natasha Breaux

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi/Harte Research Institute, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Spatial Variation in Size of Stranded Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Matthew R. Hodanbosi1; Ruth H. Carmichael1,2

1Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL 36528; 2Department of Marine Sciences, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688


Examining Potential Drivers of Gulf Ribbed Mussel Distribution in Southeast Louisiana

Jordan Logarbo1,2; Ryann Rossi2,3; Megan La Peyre1,4; Brian J. Roberts2

1School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70803; 2Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Chauvin, LA 70344; 3Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561; 4U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 


Mismatches in Plant Sampling Biases Between Observations and Vouchered Specimens 

Jordan A. Rodriguez; Barnabas H. Daru

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATION


Image Analysis of Epiphyte-Seagrass Dynamics on Thalassia testudinum from different environmental conditions

Chi Huang; Carissa Pinon; Mehrube Mehrebeoglu; Ed Proffitt; Kirk Cammarata

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Halodule wrightii and Sediment Biogeochemistry Response to Ray Bioturbation

Mackenzie J. Rothfus; Jane Caffrey

Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514


Nekton Trophic Structure in Turtlegrass Ecosystems cross the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Christian Todd Hayes1; Kevin S. Dillon1; M. Z. Darnell1; D. Lee Smee2; Charles W. Martin3; Margaret O. Hall4; Bradley T. Furman4; Kelly M. Darnell1

1Division of Coastal Sciences, School of Ocean Science and Engineering, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS 39564; 2Dauphin Island Sea Lab, University of South Alabama, Dauphin Island, AL 36528; 3Nature Coast Biological Station, University of Florida, Cedar Key, FL 32625; 4Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Next Generation Systematics and Biogeography of the Aquatic Plant Clade Alismatales

Keilana Cherae Borja; Barnabus Daru

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


WATER QUALITY, CONTAMINANTS, AND STRESSORS


Temporal Dynamics of Multiple Stressor Effects on Crassostrea virginica in Galveston Bay

Anika Agrawal; Laura J. Jurgens

Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77553


Mercury and Selenium Concentrations in Northern Gulf of Mexico Bottlenose Dolphins

Meaghan A. McCormack1; Brian P. Jackson2; Jessica Dutton1

1Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666; 2Department of Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755


Mercury Concentrations in Sharks from the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Jacob Ryan Ketchum1; Bethany M. Deacy2; Kesley J. Gibson3; Gregory W. Stunz3; Jessica Dutton1

1Department of Biology, Texas State University, Aquatic Station, San Marcos, TX 78666; 2Riverside Technology, Inc., National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Panama City, FL 32408; 3Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412


Tissue-Specific Mercury Concentrations in Immature Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) from Sabine Lake

Michaela Livingston1; Jonathan Davis2; Jessica Dutton1

1Department of Biology, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666; 2Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Coastal Fisheries Division, Port Arthur, TX 77640


Analysis of Microplastic Pollution on Three Texas State Park Beaches

Maureen Hayden; Mary K. Wicksten

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 


The use of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA as an Indicator of Human Pollution in Tampa Bay

Shannon Noel Twyman; Bridgette Froeschke

Biology Department, The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL 33607 


Occurrence of Vibrio sp. in Tampa Bay and it’s Relation to Zooplankton 

Margaret Loren Baker; Rebecca Waggett; Bridgette Froeschke

University of Tampa, Biology Department, Tampa, FL 33606


PFAS Compounds in Galveston Bay Following the Deer Park ITC Fire

Rayna Michelle Nolen1; Patricia Faulkner1; Karl Kaiser1; Antonietta Quigg2; David Hala1

1Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77554; 2Marine and Coastal Environmental Science, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77554


Detecting Microplastics in Marine Snows using Microscope Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Hannah Lynn Niland1; Xiangtao Jiang1; Anja Engel2; Zhanfei Liu1

1University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX 78373; 2GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Evaluating Organic Contaminants Associated with Nurdles along Beaches of South Texas

Xiangtao Jiang; Jace Tunnell; Zhanfei Liu

The University of Texas at Austin‚ Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX 78373


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