April 26, 2011
The University of Maine Graduate School has announced its awards for the 2011-2012 academic year, and two Marine Biology students are among the recipients.
Beth Campbell (M.S. student) was awarded one of ten Chase Distinguished Research Assistantships. Winners for this highly competitive award are selected from nominees enrolled in graduate programs across the University based on their academic performance, research plan, and faculty letter of support. Advised by Sara Lindsay, Beth's research crosses the disciplines of animal behavior, marine ecology, and oceanography. She is investigating how nutrient supply modifies the effects of injury on sediment mixing by marine worms. Although worms may not be the flashiest of research subjects, their sediment disturbance is a central process organizing the ecology and geochemistry of marine sedimentary habitats. You can read more about Beth's research interests in a recent blog she wrote for an NSF workshop on science communication: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2011/04/19/the-rise-of-the-lowly-worm/
Patrick Erbland (Ph.D student) was awarded one of eighteen Graduate Trustee Tuition Scholarships. Winners of these scholarships also were selected from a University-wide field of nominees. Patrick received his M.S. in Natural Resources from Delaware State University. Advised by Gayle Zydlewski, Patrick is investigating the acoustic environment of the Penobscot River, a tidal river. This involves studying how fish detect sounds, determining ambient underwater soundscapes in the river, and using acoustics to estimate fish passage. Patrick is using hydroacoustics to sample resident and diadromous fishes in the tidally dynamic Penobscot river prior to a large river restoration activity.
Congratulations to Beth and Patrick!