Pulling up stone crab traps in the Keys last summer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
To begin my blog, I thought I would share with you a bit about the first two years of my quest for a Ph.D. in biological sciences. Since I received my M.S. from Florida Tech, many of those credits transferred into my Ph.D. program, which was nice because after 3 semesters, I was done with my formal course work.
During my first year, I designed and wrote a proposal to receive funding for my Fortunately, I received funding from Mote Marine Laboratory’s “Protect Our Reef” license plate grants. Have you seen the coral reef license plates? If so, I am living proof that the extra money you pay to have this license plate goes toward scientific research. Thanks for supporting a great cause. My project evaluated the effects of lower ocean pH on embryonic development in Florida’s commercially important stone crabs. The importance of the research I am working on for my dissertation is to see what the impact predicted climate scenarios will have on crustacean fisheries using the stone crab as a model. We are currently working to edit and submit the manuscript for publication. Below are some pictures from the work I did last summer: