Student Awards and Highlights

10
Oct
Natalie Sawaya wins best early career presentation at international conference

Natalie Sawaya wins best early career presentation at international conference

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Natalie Sawaya, a PhD student in the Breitbart lab at the USF Co...

06
Oct
The 2017-2018 Fellowship and Award Recipients

The 2017-2018 Fellowship and Award Recipients

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2017-2018 Fellowships and Awards reci...

26
Apr
Makenna Martin receives Joseph A. Cushman Student Research Award

Makenna Martin receives Joseph A. Cushman Student Research Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Board of Directors of the Cushman Foundation for Foraminifer...

25
Oct
The 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

The 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award Recipients

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to all the 2016-2017 Fellowship and Award recipi...

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Julie Vecchio

Julie Vecchio

About my research:

I use natural tags to study the movements and food habits of economically important reef fish species throughout the Gulf of Mexico. I am using the stable isotope signature of various fish tissues, including eye lenses, muscle, and liver to investigate movement and diet patterns of groupers, snappers, and other reef-associated fishes at varying timescales. Comparing the stable isotope signature of the muscle and liver from a single individual shows the short-term movement (1-3 months) of that individual. Studying the stable isotope signature of the eye lenses of individual fish gives a pattern of trophic level and movement for that individual over the entire lifespan of the fish. I am combining these techniques to understand the short-term and long-term movements and food habits of several important reef fish species on the West Florida Shelf and across the entire Gulf of Mexico.

Why USFCMS?

The USF College of Marine Science is an excellent inter-disciplinary oceanography program. In addition, there are numerous state and federal-level resources available in the immediate vicinity, especially for the MRA program. As an MRA student, I can get samples or advice from FWRI, NOAA, and USGS without even leaving downtown St. Petersburg. It's an extremely integrated community.