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17
Jan
Research: Oxygen Levels Continue Dropping In World's Waters

Research: Oxygen Levels Continue Dropping In World's Waters

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Scientists say that climate change is having an effect on the le...

08
Jan
USF College of Marine Science Geologists Join International Antarctic Expedition

USF College of Marine Science Geologists Join International Antarctic Expedition

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - USF College of Marine Science Associate Professor Amelia Shevene...

06
Dec
Obituary: Eugene Domack

Obituary: Eugene Domack

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Eugene Domack (Gene), Professor in Geological Oceanography...

27
Nov
Mya Breitbart Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section

Mya Breitbart Elected AAAS Fellow in the Biological Sciences Section

TAMPA, FL - Mya Breitbart is a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the USF Colleg...

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Meaghan Faletti

Meaghan Faletti

About my research:

For my Master’s thesis, I am conducting research on fish life history and movement using stable isotopes. Specifically, I am investigating the ontogenetic migration patterns of Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus), an important recreational and commercial fish species in the Gulf of Mexico. My goals are to quantify their movement patterns and identify important juvenile habitats, or nurseries, that contribute to the adult Gulf of Mexico Hogfish population. My future goals include conducting research on recreationally and commercially important species to assist in fisheries management. I also have a strong passion for outreach, and hope to facilitate communication between the fishing and diving communities with fishery managers to determine knowledge gaps and how to fill them. Ultimately, she’d like to explore how fish population dynamics may affect broad-scale marine ecology and promote the development of ecosystem-based management approaches.

Why USFCMS?

I chose to pursue my Master’s Degree at the USF College of Marine Science due to its accessibility to numerous resources to help with marine research. Within the Fish Ecology lab especially, there is often a large field component to many of our projects. Having the opportunity to dive into the field and get up-close and personal with the marine systems I’m learning about in my classes has been greatly beneficial in developing my own research questions. USFCMS offers access to many resources, both in the lab and in the field, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other local marine research agencies.