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Student Profiles 2013-2014

StudentThesis TopicMajor Advisor
Rebecca Balazs
Melissa Bernhard

Effects of PPARγ/RXRα Signaling on Sex Determination in the American Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis

Satomi Kohno

Vanessa Bezy Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) Embryo Mortality as a Function of the Nest Microbial Community at Ostional, Costa Rica Craig Plante
Hannah Bouchillon
Catherine Bridges Characterization of the Red Fluorescence Associated with the Tissue Pigmentation Response (TPR) Observed in Cultured Porites lobata Sylvia Galloway
David Coles Scuba and Video Documentation of Fish Spawning at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Marcel Reichert
Callie Crawford Linking Molecular and Morphological Relationships in the Chondrichthyan Tree of Life Gavin Naylor
Hannah Day A Mark-Recapture Study of the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina David Owens
Alyssa Demko Phylogenetic and Latitudinal Patterns in Seaweed Palatability toward Generalist Marine Herbivores Erik Sotka
Becca Derex The Role of Hydrogen Sulfide as a Signaling Molecule in the Hypoxia Response of Callinectes sapidus, the Atlantic Blue Crab Karen Burnett
Sarah Doty Diet Composition and Repopulation Rates of Lionfish on South Carolina Artificial Reefs Gorka Sancho
Drew Duckett
Liz Duermit Stone Crab (Menippe spp.) Demographics in the Atlantic Coast Hybrid Zone and the Effect of Claw Removal on Mortality, Feeding Ability, and Growth Dara Wilber
Bobby Edman
Robin Frede
Kelly Fridey
Janessy Frometa
Courtney Gerstenmaier Community and Ecosystem Level Effects of Intraspecific Genetic Diversity: A Case Study Examining the Invasive Seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla Erik Sotka
Zaida Hager Marcel Reichert
Whitney Heuring
Janelle Johnson
Sharleen Johnson Optimization and Validation of a Bioenergetics Model to Evaluate Habitat Suitability and Utilization for Coastal Striped Bass in the Southeastern United States Tanya Darden
Amanda Kelly Age, Growth, and Reproduction of Gray Triggerfish Balistes capriscus off the Southeastern U.S. Atlantic Coast Virginia Shervette
Nicole Kollars The Ecological and Evolutionary Consequences of an Association Between the Invasive Seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla and the Native Polychaete Diopatra cuprea Erik Sotka
Mark Lehtonen
Jackie Leidig Genetic Population Structure of Black Drum (Pogonias cromis) in U.S. Waters Virginia Shervette
Adam Lytton Age Validation of the North Atlantic Stock of Polyprion americanus, Using Bomb Radiocarbon (C14), and New Estimates of Life History Parameters  Marcel Reichert
Dominique Maldonado The Influence of Nitrogen and Phosphorus on the Occurrences and Physiological Responses of Harmful Algal Bloom Species: Case Study of the Charleston Harbor and Winyah Bay Estuaries, South Carolina Dianne Greenfield
Andrea Margiotta Can Rugosity be Used as a Management Tool to Reliably Characterize Oyster Habitat Vertical Complexity in South Carolina? Dara Wilber
Nicole McNabb
Chris Mealey
Megan Meek Growth Dynamics of Co-occurring Karenia Species in Gulf of Mexico Harmful Algal Blooms Fran Van Dolah
Bec Mortensen Development of a Novel Genetic Tool for Rapid Identification of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Eggs Dianne Greenfield
Michelle Reed The Influence of Macronutrient Form on Spatial and Seasonal Variability of Phytoplankton Community Composition in Coastal South Carolina Waters Dianne Greenfield
Nicole Schanke Photoprotective Ability of the Antarctic Diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus in Response to Ultraviolet Radiation Jack DiTullio 
Wiley Sinkus
Jason Smith Effects of Irradiance Levels on the Abundance of Ice-Binding Protein Transcripts in the Sea-Ice Diatom, Fragilariopsis cylindrus Mike Janech
Meredith Smylie Mercury Bioaccumulation in the Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus): A Model Species for Examining Patterns of Hg Uptake Along a Salinity Gradient Virginia Shervette
Jessica Snyder Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Biogenic Sulfur in the Sea-Ice Diatom, Fragilariopsis Cylindrus Jack DiTullio
Sarah Song The Effects of a Sub-Lethal Injection of the Bacterium Vibrio campbelli on Metabolism in the Penaeid Shrimps Litopenaeus setiferus and Litopenaeus vannamei During Sustained Exercise Lou Burnett
Claire Stegman
Hayley Townsend
A.J. Turner Oviposition Site Preference in Scyliorhinid Shark Species Peter Etnoyer
Liz Vinyard
Jason Wang Oxygen Binding Properties of Purified Hemocyanin Oligomers in Penaeid Shrimps Litopenaeus vannamei and Farfantepenaeus aztecus Karen Burnett
Ann Wassick
Hope Wertz   John Weinstein
Leslie Wickes The Effect of Acidified Water on the Cold-Water Coral, Lophelia pertusa: Distribution in the Southern California Bight and Analysis of Skeletal Dissolution Peter Etnoyer