Former Graduate Students

2014

Jenny Herbig (M.S.)

Project: Jenny’s research was the first study to implant transmitters in gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, to track their movements.  She used VEMCO VPS telemetry methods to assess the fine-scale movements of gray triggerfish around artificial reefs.  This study greatly improved our understanding of the importance of structured habitat for gray triggerfish and provided estimations of home range, habitat use, and residency.

Contact Information: jlh0057@auburn.edu
Employment: Biologist, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Ocean Springs, MS

 

Danielle Horn (M.S.)

Project: Danielle’s research addressed conflicting reports concerning the validity of annuli to age red snapper.  Her research used marginal increment analysis, OTC mark recapture studies, daily ageing, and shape analysis.  Danielle showed that whole otoliths counts are equivalent to sectioned otolith counts in younger fish.  Not sectioning otoliths dramatically reduces processing time as well as the cost of ageing these fish.

Contact Information: djh0012@auburn.edu


2011

Peter Mudrak (M.S.)

Project: Predation Effects on Age-0 Red Snapper Lutjanus campechanus on Artificial Reefs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.

Contact Information: pam0007@auburn.edu

Employment: Research Associate, Szedlmayer Auburn Marine Fish Lab, Fairhope, AL

 

Tara (Syc) Topping (M.S.)

Project: A comparison of the size and age distribution of red snapper Lutjanus campechanus to the age of artificial reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Contact Information: tss0005@auburn.edu

Employment: Research Technician I, Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation, Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

 

Maria (Piraino) Szczebak (M.S.)

Project: Fine-scale movements and home ranges of red snapper Lutjanus campechanus around artificial reefs in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Contact Information: mnp0004@tigermail.auburn.edu

Employment: Fisheries Technician, MA Division of Marine Fisheries, New Bedford, MA & Adjunct Instructor, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI


2009

Darin Topping (Ph.D.)

Project: The use of ultrasonic telemetry to estimate residency, movement patterns, and mortality of red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus. Contact Information: toppidt@auburn.edu

Employment: Natural Resource Specialist, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Port O’Connor, Texas


2008

Sabrina Beyer (M.S.)

ProjectAge determination through shape analysis and validation of otolith annular increments in red snapper,Lutjanus campechanusContact Information: beyersg@auburn.edu

Employment: Staff Research Associate, UC Santa Cruz/NOAA Fisheries Affiliate, Santa Cruz, CA

 

Dianna Miller (M.S.)

Project: A comparison of fish and epibenthic assemblages on artificial reefs with and without copper-based anti-fouling paint Contact Information: milledr@auburn.edu

 

Carrie Simmons (Ph.D.)

ProjectGray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, reproductive behavior, early life history, and competitive interactions between red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus, in the northern Gulf of Mexico Contact Information: mackic1@auburn.edu

Employment: Deputy Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, Tampa, Florida


2005

Rebecca Redman (M.S.)

ProjectReef function Contact Information: rredman@uiuc.edu


2004

Allison Chapin (M.S.) 

Project: Red Snapper Movements Contact Information: Allison.Chapin@arcadis-us.com

Employment: Project Ecologist, ARCADIS- US, Chicago, Illinois

 

Rebecca Wingate (M.S.)

Project: Red Snapper Movements Contact Information: wingate@cbl.umces.edu


2003

Mark Lingo (M.S.)

Project: Reef function Contact Information: Mark.Lingo@tpwd.state.tx.us

Employment: Lower Laguna Madre Ecosystem Leader, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Brownsville, Texas

 

Amy Piko (M.S.)

Project: Red Snapper Predation Contact Information: Amy_Piko@golder.com

 

Dustin Moss (M.S.)

Project: Red Snapper Populations Contact Information:dmoss@hpu.edu

Employment: Director, Shrimp Research Department; Affiliate Faculty at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University, Waimanalo, Hawaii


2002

Allyson Ouzts (M.S.)

Project: Red Snapper Diets  Contact Information: Allyson.Ouzts@noaa.gov


2001

Marek Topolski (M.S.)

Project: Blenniidae habitats  Contact Information: mtopolski@mac.com


2000 & 1990s

Christopher Gurshin (M.S.) -2000 – Shark Movements

Kori Blitch (M.S.) – 2000 – Gray Triggerfish Diets

Jasson Lee (M.S.) – 1998 – Red Snapper Diets

Joseph Conti (M.S.) – 1996 – Red Snapper Habitats

Michael Moxey (M.S.) – 1994 – Red Drum Aging