This electronic archive of reports is aimed at gathering the culminating knowledge, training, and experiences of graduate students during their internship. The student authors of these internship reports have chosen to restrict access to their work to members of the University of Miami community.

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Submissions from 2017

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) to characterize small-scale fisheries of Puerto Rico, Carla Alessandra Dario

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Age structure and growth of Lionfish (Pterois volitans): the Dry Tortugas National Park, Alexandra M. Dubel

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Importance and potential of understanding bleaching and recovery profiles of Acropora cervicornis, Emilee Golden

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Analyzing the impact of a live action role play (LARP) science unit on student attitudes and academic performance @ MAST @ FIU, Bridgette K. Gunn

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Climate change outreach through new media: reaching and informing readers of a new digital marine conservation and travel magazine, Austin W. Horne

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Compensatory mitigation: A case study in Miami-Dade county, Katherine Kelly

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Developing social media strategy to increase online communications for NOAA AOML, Nicholas Komisarejevsky

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Development of a California commercial fishermen’s apprenticeship program, Blanka Lederer

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Examining the influence of nest environment characteristics on the hatch and emergence success of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hatchlings on Cape Sable, Everglades National Park, Florida, Casey Murray

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Long-term trends of the snapper-grouper complex throughout Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Parks from 1999-2016, Erin Nassif

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Characterization of relative genotypic disease resistance in Caribbean Acropora species, Emma Pontes

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A guide to managing fish aggregation devices (FADs) in the Caribbean, Heather Sadusky

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Experiential angler education aboard the Miami Science Barge, Derek Sheldon

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The Influence of sex,sociality,parity, and temperature on the respiratory development of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calves, Melinda Tuley

Submissions from 2016

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Marketing aquaculture products: developing an apprenticeship program to increase sales in a targeted market, Michael G. Aldonas

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Marine natural resource management: invasive plant species mitigation in a South Florida mangrove ecosystem, Spencer RJ Ash

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Investigating humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) distribution and density in the Maui County Waters using ArcGIS, Rheanne Berg

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An evaluation of the Estero Bay aquatic preserve: 50 years of conservation, Avery Bischoff

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Insights into reproductive strategies of invasive Pterois volitans/miles in Biscayne National park, Jordan Bridges

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Expanding the rescue a reef program: assessing efficacy of citizen scientists and adding massive species, Daniel Burdeno

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Program evaluation in an informal enviro-ed program: shark research and conservation at UM, Stephen Cain

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Whistle rate and introductions of familiar and unfamiliar bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Brittany Cloessner

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Design and development of aquaponics, seagrass/mangrove, oyster, coral, and constructed wetland systems on the Miami Science Barge, Michael Coogan

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Using ethnography to analyze incongruities in a conservation non profit organization in the Galapagos Islands, Ayssa DiPietro

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Evaluating the catch efficiency of Antillean z-traps on invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles), Lindsay Elam

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Delivering excellence: regulating coastal development to protect benthic habitat in Miami-Dade County, David Goldstein

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Live algae subsitiution trial for larviculture production of L.vannamei Penaeid shrimp, Daniel Grevers

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The effects of dredging on South Florida coral reefs, Carolyn Groves

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Evaluating a gross motor stereotypic behavior in a sub-adult Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in managed care, Molly Gugel

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Broadcast meteorology comparing forecasting techniques and telling the weather story, Viki Knapp

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An investigation of the cyclogenesis forecast ability of the Basin-Scale HWRF model by invoking the GFDL Vortex Tracker, Mu-Chieh Ko

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Development of a digital data collection methodology for coral monitoring surveys, Caitlin Langwiser

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A comprehensive view of dusky shark bycatch within the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, Sarah LaRocca

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Marketing MSC certify sustainable skipjack tuna from the Maldives to the United States market, Jerry Lin

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Compensation plan for buy-back of “Red-Island Oasis” in Jiaozhou Bay of Qingdao, Qing Lin

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Spatial mapping of sea turtle disorientation due to artificial lighting on the nesting beaches of Broward County Florida, Lauren Taylor Marrero

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Defining and analyzing the frequency and severity of flood events to improve risk management from a reinsurance standpoint, Elliot Morrill

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Assessment of multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy on the mobility of a geriatric North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) in managed care, Ana Karen Valencia Nader

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Data management and auditing of the Biscayne Bay bottlenose dolphin photo ID catalog, Christen Nagy

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Contributing factors to long-term citation count in marine and freshwater biology journals, Joshua Ryan Nash

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Building debris free oceans: inspiration through educaion, Tracy Nolan

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The ocean health voyage: An international examination of the ocean health index through film-based coursework, Emily Cava Northrop

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3D modeling of coral reefs using structure-from-motion photogrammetry as an inventory and monitoring tool, Nicole Palma

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Validating bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) body condition score, Kelly Patterson

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Cape Sable threat assessment: Analyzing the threats to Cape Sable’s loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta ) nesting population in Everglades National Park, Charlotte Pechtl

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Comparing lionfish distributions between the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Park, Annabeth Peterson

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Photojournalism as a method of conservation outreach: assisting in the development of a new digital marine conservation and travel magazine, Marcus B. Reamer

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Investigating the economic viability of collecting Sargassum horneri, Brandon Rus

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Analysis of the Cooperative Tagging Center historical and recent (2006-2015) activities, Caitlyn Savoia

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A comprehensive analysis of sea turtle strandings due to anthropogenic causes around South Padre Island (1980-2016)., Jillian Schacher

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Fish utilization of living shorelines in the canals of southeast Florida., Taylor Scheuermann

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Biocontrol of the invasive lionfish population as an indicator of marine protected area success, Ashley Siana

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Analysis of pink shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) populations in regards to Port of Miami dredging., Drake Slater

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Risk assessment of boat noise on fish acoustic communication in the May River, South Carolina., Somers Smott

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Ten year prospectus of trends in length and abundance of Cetropomus undecimalis (common snook) in Everglades National Park, Kandice Starr

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Marine exploited intebrates monitoring - spiny lobster, Matthew St. Clair

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Engaging youth in field research and environmental conservation, Kristen Szpak

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The design and construction of a zero discharge , solar powered , recirculating aquaculture system for the Miami Science Barge, Chad Nicolas Teal

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GoPros in science: Can you be a Hero and a scientist?, Ian Tomcho

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Developing a protocol for rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis) for use in larval rearing of sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria), Emilia Wakamatsu

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The influence of birth order, developmental stage, and sex of a calf on interactions and aggression in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Trusiops truncatus), Bethany Wallace

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Mapping trends in reef hard bottom and key SEDAR species throughout the Gulf of Mexico as a means to establish better survey design and determine essential fish habitat., Jennifer Walters

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Friends of the Chicago river’s overflow action days: bringing the campaign to schools and evaluating its success., Nicole Wank

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Citizen science for global marine litter monitoring, Jing Zhang

Submissions from 2015

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Visual science communications: Disseminating timely marine conservation issues to increase awareness among the general public, Hannah C. Armstrong

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Spatial and temporal analysis of invasive lionfish in the Dry Tortugas National Park, Jasmine Baloch

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Small, medium, and revolutionary advances to global ocean Geographic Information Systems, Ramiro Barbuzano Jr.

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Manatee and human interaction s in the Three Sisters Springs unit and Banana Island waters of Crystal River national wildlife refuge Citrus County, Florida, Melissa Anne Barrett

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The documentation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM), Christina Bonfanti

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The use of BOIVerify at the National Weather Service in Miami, FL to enhance the accuracy of temperature and precipitation forecasts, Jacob Byrd

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Assessment of Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas nesting activities to determine if East Key should become a marine protected area at Dry Tortugas National Park , Florida., Kara Claycomb

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An applied approach to macroscopic gonadal assessment in invasive Pterois volitans and its application in citizen science and data collection at Biscayne National Park, Megan Davenport

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Projecting oil dispersion in the Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida, and Caribbean Sea using climatological data from drifting buoys and surface winds, Shaun Dolk

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Experimental shrimp ( Litopenaeus vannamei ) production using clear water and biofloc systems., Thomas Heyward Drury

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Old Smokey: A case study in environmental justice, Andrew Eads

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Proposed aquaponics system design and aquaculture and aquaponics curricula development for the Miami Science Barge, William Harrison Evans IV

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The spatiotemporal relationship between cetacean sightings and strandings in and around Puget Sound, Washington, Andy Frederickson

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Communicating science: Updating the international commission for the conservation of Atlantic tuna glossary, Rachel Y.G. Fujimoto

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Advancing hatchery technology of cobia, Rachycentron canadum, in support of connercial offshore aquaculture., Matthew Gabrielli

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A statistical package in R for the South Florida Reef Visual Census, Harry Ganz

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Evaluating the effectiveness of Marina Signage along Biscayne Bay aquatic preserves, Elizabeth E. Garcia

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A more resilient and sustainable Miami- Dade County, Megan Gleason

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A General Approach to Estimate the number of sea turtle interactions with pelagic longline gear in the ICCAT convention area, C. McKee Gray

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Enhancing the rescue a reef program through social media, education, and outreach, Dalton J. Hesley

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Recolonization rates of invasive lionfish ( Pterois volitans [Linneaus 1758] and P. miles [Bennett 1828]) on natural and artificial reefs: Implications for migration and management, Michael Hoffman

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Utilizing single beam sonar systems for evaluation of port construction dredging operations in Port Lafito, Haiti, Zachary Jenkins

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Assessing fisher perceptions of algal bloom impacts on Biscayne Bay dependent fisheries, Elizabeth Jones

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Signature whistle similarity among related and unrelated Tursiops truncatus, Michelle H. Jones

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Historical changes in abundance of Acropora corals in the Florida Keys national marine sanctuary between 2005 and 2015, Katryna Kerr

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Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean: A comparative analysis of policy instruments and implementation methods for reduction in single - use plastic bag consumption, Cosette Larash

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Outreach in the classroom: using ESRI ’s mapping tools in a curricular design to a id Miami - Dade County middle school students in understand ing and communicating local sea level rise, Laura Le

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Spatial inventory and monitoring for sustainable aquaculture development, Jean-Baptiste Luce

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Promoting climate change adaptation through legal action: Climate change law, climate action plans and government liability, Jessica Maloney

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Marine mammal education in aquariums: Developing a life history model for use at Shedd Aquarium, Audrey Marusich

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R & marine fish communities:development of semi-automated data analysis and reporting procedures, Meagan Murdock

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Planning and execution of Port Lafito bathymetric survey expedition, Kyle Neumuller

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The development of an innovative citizen science initative at a marine mammal / zoological facility, Katherine Nicholson

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Investigation of harvest productivity at Healthy Earth Sarasota’s Siberian sturgeon recirculating aquaculture farm, Joelle Odin

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Use of moist diets for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) when transitioning from fresh to sea water, Stephen Owen

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Spatial and temporal changes in lionfish distribution in Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas national Park and the greater Florida Keys 2009-2012, Kelly Peebles