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Grants

2019 The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute Fellow. Participation supported through an internal grant from UNCW. Award amount: ~$5000. (EOS)

2019 U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award: teaching and research at the University of Namibia. Performance period: January 2020 – October 2020. Amount awarded: $78,450. (EOS)

2019 North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT): Fusing multi-source UAS-derived data to improve project planning and the NCDOT Wetlands Prediction Model. PI: Narcisa Pricope, Co-PI: Joanne Halls. Amount awarded: $283,246. August 2019 – August 2021. (EOS)

2019 University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Community Engagement award: Enhancing socio-ecological resilience in low elevated coastal zones subject to recurrent inundation. PI: Pricope, Co-PI: Halls. Amount awarded $5,000. Perfomance period: Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2019. (EOS)

2018 The National Council for Science, Technology, and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) Peru award; The development of early warning systems based on remote sensing and mobile information technologies for the sustainable use and management of rangelands. PI: Naupari-Vasquez (U. Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru), Co-PI: Angerer (Texas A&M) and Pricope (UNCW, EOS). Amount awarded $100,000. Period of performance Jan 2019 – Jan. 2022.

2019 The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institute Fellow. Participation supported through an internal grant from UNCW. Award amount: ~$5000.

2019 U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award: teaching and research at the University of Namibia. Performance period: January 2020 – October 2020. Amount awarded: $78,450.

2019 North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT): Fusing multi-source UAS-derived data to improve project planning and the NCDOT Wetlands Prediction Model. PI: Narcisa Pricope, Co-PI: Joanne Halls. Amount awarded: $283,246. August 2019 – August 2021. 

2019 University of North Carolina Wilmington Office of Community Engagement award: Enhancing socio-ecological resilience in low elevated coastal zones subject to recurrent inundation. PI: Pricope, Co-PI: Halls. Amount awarded $5,000. Perfomance period: Jan. 2019 – Dec. 2019.

2018 The National Council for Science, Technology, and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) Peru award; The development of early warning systems based on remote sensing and mobile information technologies for the sustainable use and management of rangelands. PI: Naupari-Vasquez (U. Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru), Co-PI: Angerer (Texas A&M) and Pricope (UNCW). Amount awarded $100,000. Period of performance Jan 2019 – Jan. 2022.

Susanna Lopez Legentil Patrick Erwin; Development of a cost-efficient assessment tool to prevent the establishment of invasive marine species in Puerto Rico; University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program; $18,725.00 (BMB)

Pabst, William McLellan; Spatial and Acoustic Ecology of Marine Megafauna; US Department of the Interior (DOI); $853,208.00 (BMB)

PIs: B. Hutchings (undergraduate), M. Madison-Cooper (undergraduate), S. Lopez-Legentil (faculty). Assessing the impact of Hurricane Florence in sea-squirt communities along the coast of NC. SURCA (Summer II, 2019) – $4,985.79. (BMB)

Aswani Volety, Ai Ning Loh; Assessment of Oyster Fitness Relative to Freshwater Inflows; Florida Gulf Coast university; $141,975. (BMB, EOS)

David Webster; Endangered Species Monitoring on Figure Eight Island, N.C.; Figure Eight Homeowners Association; $19,444. (CAS)

Michael Durako; Field Assistance for Completion of Spring 2019 FHAP-SF Sampling; FFWCC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute; $20,000. (BMB)

Catharina Alves de Souza, Carmelo Tomas; CSBR: Living Stock: Enhancement to the Operation and Accessibility of the Algal Resource Collection; National Science Foundation (NSF); $130,813. (CMS)

Daniel Baden, James Blum, Jeffery Brown, Lance Horn, Mark Lammers, Dylan McNamara, Allison Stewart, Wendy Strangman, Alina Szmant, Jason White, Robert Whitehead, Jeffery Wright; The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT); Florida Atlantic University; $13,769.20. (MARBIONC/CMS)

Presentations

Evan Heit presented on "Carbon balance of Seagrass and Its Effect on Ecosystem Health" at the Spring 2019 Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting in Woodbridge, VA. He won best undergraduate student presentation! (BMB)

Amy Bartenfelder (BMB), Jessie Jarvis, (BMB) Judson W. Kenworthy, and Brandon Puckett, presented “Investigation of the structure and persistence of temperate and sub-tropical seagrasses located at the transition zone between their geographic distributions" at the Spring 2019 Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting in Woodbridge, VA.

Avonelle Combs, Jessie Jarvis, (BMB) and Judson Kenworthy, presented “Ex-seeding expectations: Quantifying Z. marina seed quality over time.”at the Spring 2019 Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting in Woodbridge, VA.

Nikki Fogarty (BMB) presented "Ocean acidification and warming pose grave consequences to the earliest life history stages of threatened Caribbean acroporid corals and their hybrid" at the Benthic Ecology Meeting in St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.

On April 5th, John Morrison (PHY) and Sara Rivero-Calle (PHY) were invited to give a talk at the First Space Symposium organized by NC Space Grant in Raleigh, NC. The title of the talk was "SeaHawks in Space: North Carolina's first ocean cubesat satellite". Five students from the "Cubesat Lab" also presented a poster.

Sara Rivero-Calle (PHY) presented a poster on "SeaHawk: First Ocean Color CubeSat" at the International Ocean Color Symposium in Busan, South Korea on April 19th.

Two oral presentations from the iMESA lab at the 48th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting in St. John’s, Canada on April 3-6, 2019. The first includes a former UNCW undegraduate (M. Miloslavic) and the second was presented by current PhD student James Evans, who received an Honorable Mention Award for this oral presentation! (1) Erwin PM, Miloslavic M, López-Legentil S. Distance-decay relationships in sponge microbiomes: a global perspective. (2) Evans JS, Erwin PM, Pawlik JR, López-Legentil S. Detection and ecological relevance of distinct genetic clusters within the Caribbean barrel sponge Xestospongia muta.

Student, Bryan Carter, completed & defended his Master Thesis: The vertical distribution and assemblage composition of mesopelagic invertebrates at the Hatteras Middle Slope.

Roger Shew (EOS) presented at the North Carolina Beach, Inlet, and Waterway Association Conference held in Emerald Isle on April 29th. The presentation was on Offshore Energy: Facts and Issues.

Roger Shew (EOS) presented to the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce (North). The presentation was on the natural history of and current treasures and stressors in Brunswick County.

Roger Shew (EOS) made a presentation to Osher Lifelong Learning (OLLI) on April 4th on "Climate Change: Global to Local Issues and Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change."

Elizabeth Yanuskiewicz’s (graduate student in UNCW M.S. Marine Science program) presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Washington D.C. entitled “Compound-Specific Stable Carbon Isotope Analysis of Vegetation and Land-Use Change at Laguna Los Mangos, Costa Rica” was voted as the best M.S./Undergraduate level paper presentation by the Paleoenvironmental Change Specialty Group. Elizabeth's advisor is Dr. Chad Lane (EOS).

Stiles E1, Lopez-Legentil S (2019) Growth and recovery of ascidians in a North Carolina harbor after Hurricane Florence. UNCW Undergraduate Research Showcase. Poster.

Madison-Cooper E1, Lopez-Legentil S (2019) Assessing the genetic identity of the widely distributed ascidian Molgula manhattensis in North Carolina. 

Hutchings B1, Lopez-Legentil S (2019) Following the Storm: Recolonization of a NC marina by the worldwide-introduced ascidian Styela plicata after Hurricane Florence. UNCW Undergraduate Research Showcase. Poster.

Evans JS3, Erwin PM, Pawlik JR, Lopez-Legentil S (2019) Detection and ecological relevance of distinct genetic clusters within the Caribbean barrel sponge Xestospongia muta. Benthic Ecology Meetings, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. 15 min oral presentation.

Kayla McNeilly (Graduate Student, EVS) and Dr. Rachael Urbanek (EVS) presented “Influence of different sign-post designs on avian predator perching activity” at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Mike Gillikin (Graduate Student, EVS) and Dr. Rachael Urbanek (EVS) presented “Spatial analysis of rehabilitated black bear cubs" at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

CMS Graduate Student Poster Session Presenters:

Alina Herron: Tracking shoreline change at Fort Caswell

Amanda Johnson: Diet Composition Analysis of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in Southeastern North Carolina: Seasonal and Spatial Diet Comparision of Estuaries

Andrew Castagno: Spring at the Ice Edge 2019: Isotopes + CTD

Anna Miller: The Effects of Incoming Storms on Wrightsville Beach's Topography and Bathymetry Profiles

Britton Baxley: Predictive Modelling of anthropogenically-enhanced Phragmites australis invasion

Callie Ingram: Estimating Elasmobranch Presence of Calabash Caye, Belize, Using Underwater Visual Census

Christina Fluckiger: Identifying Changes in Deepwater Circulation in the Arctic Ocean Since the Last Glacial Maximum

Devon Keeler: Brevenal, a marine natural product, as anti-inflammatory and an immunomodulator of macrophage and lung epithelial cells

Elizabeth Yanuskiewicz: Compound-specific Isotope Analyses of Vegetation and Precipitation Change at Laguna Los Mangos, Costa Rica

Emili Garretson: Using Drones to Determine Seasonal Variation in the Area of Seagrass Meadows

Jake Irvin & Mollie Mason: Observing How Avian Foraging Behavior Changes between Rainforest and Cacao Agroforestry at the Bladen River Nature Preserve in Belize

James M. Long: The influence of industry on Central American water quality- An assessment of the Bladen River Watershed, Belize

Jessica Kinsella: Effects of Temperature and Salinity on Physiological Parameters of Eastern Osyter Crassostrea virginica: Implications for Aquaculture Production and Filtration Capacity

Joshua Slocumb: Geospatial Technology and Field Survey to Assess the Impacts of Sea Level Rise and Local Carbon Stocks on Local Salt Marshes - New Hanover County, NC

Kaitlyn Hudson: Production Economics of Black Sea Bass in a Recirculating Aquaculture System and Sensitivity to Genetically Induced Growth Increases and Aquafeed Protein Source Alteration

Kate Tito: Biodegradation rates of perfluoro-2-propoxypropanoic acid in sediments of the Cape Fear River Estuary

Kelsey Beachman: Comparison of Shoreline Stabilization Approaches Within North Carolina

Kimberley Rosov: The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program: Is It Faciliting a Healthy Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem?

Lee Crusius: The Case for Catch Share in New England

Mariko Polk: Riparian Loss of Natiral and Cultural Resources: Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, North Carolina, USA

Marine Remize: Origin and production of polyunsaturated fatty acids 20:5n-3 (EPA) and 22:6n-3 (DHA) by autotroph and heterotroph protists and transfer in marine food webs

Matthew Nolasco: Identifying patterns in nest site selection of shorebirds using terrestrial LiDAR

Matthew Schmitt: Effect of temperature on the biological control of toxic micro-algae by a generalist parasite

Melissa Lenentine: Impacts of long term exposure to GenX on the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica

Peter Gennaro: Analysis of Polyethylene: Examination of Physical and Biological Processes in the Marine Environment

Rachael Mott: Targeted and Non-targeted Analysis of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Rain water

Rebecca Warner: Assessment of Survival, Condition Index and Hemolymph Osmolality of the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica after exposure to pulsed, freshwater events

Rosa Sanchez: Occurrence and Distribution of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in southeastern North Carolina

Sarah Benson: Application of Novel Wave Attenuation to Save Riparian Resources in Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson

Sarah Pedigo: Larval survival of Crassostrea virginica dependent on egg Lipid content and genetic variation

Sarah Summerlin: Biogenic and Biofuel Contributions of Ethanol in Rainwater

Sasha Giametti: Are sponges eating plastic? Method development to detect plastic-associated compounds in marine sponges 

Publications

Alves-de-Souza, Catharina. Salinity-growth response and Ichthyotoxic potency of the Chilean pseudochattonella verruculosa, in Frontiers in Marine Science. (MARBIONC)

Demopoulos, A.W.J., J. McClain-Counts, J. Bourque, N. Prouty, B. Smith, S. Brooke, S.W. Ross and C. Ruppel. 2019. Examination of Bathymodiolus childressi nutritional sources, isotopic niches, and food-web linkages at two seeps in the US Atlantic margin using stable isotope analysis and mixing models. Deep-Sea Res. I. doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2019.04.002. (CMS)

Enhancing the utility of 1JCH couplings constants in structural studies through optimized DFT analysis Alexei V. Buevich, Josep Saurí, Teodor Parella, Nunziatina De Tommasi, Giuseppe Bifulco, R. Thomas Williamson and Gary E. Martin Chem. Commun., 2019, Accepted Manuscript http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9CC02469G. (CHM)

Freshwater, Wilson. Phylogenetic relationships of Pakistan Gelidium (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta) species with recognition of Gelidium pakistanicum stat. nov, in Botanica Marina.(CMS)

Kitchen, S.A., A. Ratan, O.C. Bedoya-Reina, R. Burhans, N.D. Fogarty, W. Miller, I.B. Baums (2019). Genomic variants among threatened Acropora corals. G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics, 9:1-14. https://doi.org/10.1534/g3.119.400125 (BMB)

Martin, A.J., and Kelley, P.H. 2019. Neoichnology of Edisto Island, South Carolina: Eat, prey, love, burrow, in Chadwick, J., and Jaume’, S., eds., Field Excursions in the Carolinas: Guides to the 2019 GSA Southeastern Section Meeting: Geological Society of America Field Guide 53, p. 19-32, https://doi.org/10.1130/2019.0053(03). (EOS)

McCall, Jennifer. Brevenal, a marine natural product, is anti-inflammatory and an immunomodulator of macrophage and lung epithelial cells, in Marine Drugs. (CHHS)

Perrone, C., A. Bottalico, G.H. Boo, S.M. Boo, K.A. Miller & D.W. Freshwater. 2019. Gelidium adriaticum sp. nov. and Gelidium carolinianum sp. nov. (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta) from the Mediterranean Sea. Phycologia 45: available online ahead of print. (CMS)

Pricope, N.G., Halls, J. and Rosul*, L. 2019. Modeling residential coastal flood vulnerability using finished floor elevation and socio-economic characteristics. Journal of Environmental Management 237, 387-398. (EOS)

Quattrini, A.M., J. McClain-Counts, S.J. Artabane, A. Roa-Varon, T.C. McIver, M. Rhode and S.W. Ross. 2019. Assemblage structure, vertical distributions, and stable isotopic compositions of anguilliform leptocephali in the Gulf of Mexico. J. Fish. Biol. 94 (4): 621-647. (CMS)

Romero, I.C., T. Sutton, B. Carr, E. Quintana-Rizzo, S.W. Ross, D.J. Hollander and J.J. Torres. 2018. Decadal assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in mesopelagic fishes from the Gulf of Mexico reveals exposure to oil-derived sources. Environmental Sci. Tech. 52(19): 10985-10996. (CMS)

U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP), Advancing the Understanding of Storm Processes and Impacts, in press. Elko, N., Dietrich, C., Cialone, M., Stockdon, H., Bilskie, M.W., Boyd, B., Charbonneau, B., Cox, D., Dresback, K., Elgar, S., Tomiczek, V., Lewis, A., Limber, P., Long, J., Massey, C., Mayo, T., McIntosh, K., Nadal, N., Raubenheimer, B., Wargula, A. (Eds.), Shore and Beach, 87(1). (EOS)

Wagner, T. J., Straneo, F., Richards, C. G., Slater, D. A., Stevens, L. A., Das, S. B., & Singh, H. (2019). Large spatial variations in the flux balance along the front of a Greenland tidewater glacier. The Cryosphere, 13(3), 911-925. doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-911-2019. (PHY)

Walker Wright-Moore (MS Marine Science) Wade Watanabe, Andrea Bourdelais: , Spawning performance and egg quality of wild-caught and first generation southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma broodstock induced with piscine and mammalian GnRH analogs, in Aquaculture. (Finfish Aquaculture Facility)

Alternative Mechanisms for Fast Na+/Ca2+ Signaling in Eukaryotes via a Novel Class of Single-Domain Voltage-Gated Channels. Katherine E. Helliwell, Abdul Chrachri, Julie A. Koester, Alison R. Taylor, Glen L. Wheeler, Colin Brownlee. Current Biology. April 18, 2019. DOI: https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(19)30339-2#%20