M.S. Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences 2012 Auburn University
B.S. 2010 University of Wyoming
Peter has a captain’s license and assists in the operation of our two research vessels. Peter has also been operating an Edgetech 4125 sidescan sonar. Alabama has one of the largest artificial reef programs in the world. The sidescan sonar allows us to locate reefs for random fishery independent sampling, measure the amount of reef habitat located off Alabama, and find any reefs close to our experiments which might influence the results of those studies.
B.A. Business 2014 Auburn University
Nick is a PADI SCUBA instructor and has assisted with research in the Szedlmayer lab for a number of summers including 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2014. Nick helps out with all of the ongoing field research projects in lab. These projects include independent and recruitment reef surveys, telemetry studies, and fish behavior studies.
B.A. Marine Biology 2014 Auburn University
Sawyer is a SSI Dive Control Specialist and a recent graduate from Auburn University. Sawyer helps out with all of the ongoing field research projects in lab. These projects include independent and recruitment reef surveys, telemetry studies, and fish behavior studies.
B.S. Marine Biology, 2015, Northeastern University
M.S. Marine Biology, 2013, College of Charleston
Erica recently completed her Master’s degree as part of Three Seas XXX at Northeastern University. During that time she traveled to and studied in Boston, MA, Bocas del Toro and Coiba, Panama as well as Friday Harbor, WA. Erica worked on projects examining the effect of oyster reef restoration on reef-associated species and how predator effects may influence growth of cultured oysters. Currently, Erica helps with ongoing field research projects in the lab including independent and recruitment reef surveys, telemetry studies, and fish behavior studies.
M.S. Marine Environmental Protection, 2012, Bangor University
B.S. Biology, 2011, Baylor University
Taylor completed her Master’s degree at Bangor University in North Wales, which included research on mangrove forests in Zanzibar, examining the effects of small scale logging on faunal communities. She has recently worked in freshwater environmental conservation and aquaponic farming. Taylor currently helps with ongoing field research projects in the lab including independent and recruitment reef surveys, telemetry studies, and fish behavior studies
Former Research Technicians
Szedlmayer Lab: Summer 2012 to Winter 2014
Research: Rachel examined the diets of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) using traditional stomach content analysis methods coupled with DNA identification (barcoding) of UIF. The aim of her project was to better understand the diet, and therefore habitat usage of red snapper, to help in the sustainable management of the fishery.
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Szedlmayer Lab: Summer 2002, 2003, & Summer through Fall 2012
Research: Lee helped out with all of the ongoing research projects in lab, especially with the field projects. These projects included independent and recruitment reef surveys, fish tagging and movement studies, and fish behavior studies.
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