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Tropical Cyclone Soundscape Analysis

Tropical cyclones storms have ruinous effects on coastal communities, from flooding and damaged infrastructure, to detrimental effects on marine communities. In September 2017, category 1 hurricane Irma hit Tampa Bay, Florida. At the time of the hurricane, acoustic recorders were deployed at two sites in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. For my senior thesis, I investigated changes in biological sound production associated with the storm.

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Toxicity of Plastic vs. Stainless Steel

Plastic use and waste are pressing environmental and human health issues, in the 21st century. Since the 1970s, plastic production has increased by more than 600%, with 300 million tons produced in 2015 Experiments were performed to compare the acute toxicity of stainless-steel containers and three common plastics by incubating water in each bottle type for 24 hours at room temperature (24°C) and an elevated temperature of 28°C.          

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Food-Web Approach to Seagrass Conservation

Seagrasses form the foundation of many shallow-water coastal ecosystems, and in recent years have been subjected to numerous environmental stressors. The aim of this project was to examine how predator and prey interactions affect the resilience of seagrass communities. The projects focused on understanding how pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) affect seagrass health and productivity.                                                                                             

 
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Soundscape Analysis

The study of marine soundscapes is a method of spatially and temporally quantifying sounds in order to assess biological conditions and anthropogenic disturbance. Using autonomous recorders, we examined the soundscapes at an inshore and an offshore limestone reef on the West Florida Shelf (WFS), and at a shallow-water site in Tampa Bay.                     

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characterization of Black Sea Bass (BSB) HAbitat 

The objective of the study was to understand the abundance and size distribution of BSB at artificial reefs, relative to that of natural reefs. Understanding the habitat characteristics that are vital to juvenile and adult BSB survival, will also help us understand how BSB diet differs relative to habitats and size.  

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Habitat Association of bottleNose dolphins

Compared the relative abundance of dolphins at artificial reefs and natural reefs to test whether their associations differed between the two habitats (i.e. did the prefer one habitat over the other? Where they at one habitat more often than the other habitat?).