Research Technicians

IMG_1714-e1384808309115Peter Mudrack

Education:
M.S. Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences 2012 Auburn University
B.S. 2010 University of Wyoming


Current Research:
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.

E-mail: pam0007@auburn.edu

Publications


nick-wilson-picNick Wilson

Education:
B.A. Business 2014  Auburn University

Current Research:
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.

 


Sawyer-LandersSawyer Landers

Education:
B.A. Marine Biology 2014  Auburn University

Current Research:
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.


Levine_pic1-e1428512641694Erica Levine

Education:
B.S. Marine Biology, 2015, Northeastern University
M.S. Marine Biology, 2013, College of Charleston

Current Research:
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.


IMAG3422Taylor Beyea

Education:
M.S. Marine Environmental Protection, 2012, Bangor University
B.S. Biology, 2011, Baylor University

Current Research:
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

P9020214-e1384808358320Rachel Brewton

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.

Contact Information: rzb0034@auburn.edu

 


580760_3807123973583_1958824933_nLee Grove

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.

Contact Information: grovegl@tigermail.auburn.edu