PhD Student Newsletter - Fall 2014

Milestones
Grants and Awards
Publications
Presentations
Notes from the Field
Teaching, Collaboration, and Community Engagement


Milestones

Congratulations to the following students for successfully defending their PhD dissertations!

  • Sara McDonald - "A Social and Ecological Evaluation of Marine Mammal Take Reduction Teams."
  • Daniel Dunn - “On the dynamic management of marine resources”

Congratulations to Joy Stanistreet for passing her preliminary exams!


Grants and Awards

Vivienne Foroughirad received $1500 grant from Duke Data Expeditions to lead a workshop for undergraduates on programming for social network analysis.

Meagan Dunphy-Daly was awarded the Knauss Fellowship in Marine Policy and will carry out her fellowship year as the Congressional Affairs Fellow at NOAA's Office of Legislative Affairs in downtown D.C. from February 2015-February 2016.

Brad Dubik received a Dissertation Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to support research on shrimp aquaculture development and the impacts of shrimp disease outbreaks on global seafood markets.

Bradford Dubik, Elizabeth Clark and Sarah Bess Jones have been awarded fellowships from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESNYC) to study the impacts of climate change on commercial fish stocks and fishing communities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Their interdisciplinary SESYNC-funded research team includes Marine Lab alum Joshua Stoll (MEM ’09), now a PhD student at the University of Maine, as well as graduate students from Rutgers, Princeton and Oxford.


Publications

Leslie Acton:
Johnson, M., C. Hannah, L. Acton, R. Popovici, K. Karanth and E. Weinthal. 2014. Network environmentalism: Citizen scientists as agents for environmental advocacy. Global Environmental Change 29: 235-245.Fall 2014 Newsletter

Liz Shrack
Griffin JN, Schrack EC, Lewis KA, Baums, IB, Soomdat N, Silliman BR. In press. Densitydependent growth of a branching coral under restoration. Restoration Ecology. Freitas RF, Schrack EC, Seig RD, Silliman BR, Costa CSB. 2014. Grazing scar characteristics impact degree of fungal facilitation in Spartina alterniflora leaves in a South American salt marsh. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology.

Vivienne Foroughirad
Karniski, C.B., Patterson, E.M., Kryzyszcyk, E., Foroughirad, V., Stanton, M.A. & J. Mann. In press. A comparison of survey and focal follow methods for estimating individual activity budgets of cetaceans. Marine Mammal Science.

Daniel Dunn
Dunn, D.C. (2014) On the dynamic management of marine resources (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Kot, C.Y., P. Halpin, J. Cleary, D.C. Dunn. (2014) “A Review Of Marine Migratory Species and the Information Used to Describe Ecologically or Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs)”. Information document prepared by Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) for the Convention on Migratory Species. Assessment conducted by Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University.

Heather Heenahan
Heenehan, H., Basurto, X., Bejder, L., Tyne, J., Higham, J., & Johnston, D. Using Ostrom’s common pool resource theory to build towards an integrated ecosystem based sustainable cetacean tourism system in Hawai`i. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2014.986490


Presentations

Daniel Dunn gave a presentation on “Does a balanced harvest require dynamic management in developed fisheries?” at the workshop on Balanced Harvest in the real world – Scientific, policy and operational issues in an ecosystem approach to fisheries (IUCN Fisheries Expert Group; Sept. 2014)


Notes from the Field

Joy Stanistreet deployed five acoustic recording units offshore of Cape Hatteras, NC, beginning the second year of seasonal monitoring for highly endangered North Atlantic right whales migrating through this region.

Brad Dubik collaborated with local government and academic personnel to survey shrimp farms throughout Aceh, Indonesia to investigate the implementation of pond management strategies and connections to global markets among small-scale producers.

Dave Haas collaborated with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center and Cascadia Research Collective in September on endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale DTAG deployments, collecting 38 hours of Southern Resident DTAG data and an additional eight hours from a single transient killer whale deployment.


Teaching, Collaboration, and Community Engagement

Liz Schrack and Chris Ward participated in the November 2014 SciREN event in Raleigh, Fall 2014 Newsletter NC where they presented an interactive web-based tool for teaching high school and undergraduate students major concepts in ecology.

Heather Heenehan wrote a blog for NC Sea Grant Blog called "Encouraging Women in STEM" about the Scientific Research and Education Network events. http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/blog/2014/11/07/encouraging-women-in-stem/

Heather Heenehan and Alyse Larkin helped spearhead the inaugural Scientific Research and Education Network Triangle Event on November 13th. The event was organized by students at Duke, UNC, and NC State at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. 70 researchers and more than 200 educators participated. Liz Schrack, Charmaine Yung, Sarah Loftus, Chris Ward and Tara Essock-Burns participated as researchers at the event and spent the evening interacting with educators and sharing classroom-ready materials. For more information please see http://thesciren.org

Heather Heenehan participated in the North Carolina Science Teachers Association conference in Winston Salem, NC in November and spoke about inviting scientists to classrooms.