UNCW Student to Participate in National Marine Science Workshop

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

University of North Carolina Wilmington Honors Scholar student Ashley Hann has been selected to attend a national workshop where she will study fisheries management and conservation issues under the guidance of top marine scientists. The all-expense-paid Marine Resources Population Dynamics Workshop will be Feb. 28-March 5 at the Keys Marine Lab in Layton, Fla.

Hann, a junior from Eatontown, N.J., majoring in marine biology with a minor in political science, became interested in the effects of fishing on marine populations while working with Will White, UNCW assistant professor of biology and marine biology.

“Ashley’s natural aptitude for using mathematics to understand human effects on marine populations prompted me to encourage her to apply,” White said. “The workshop will allow her to learn new skills and see how her research can be put to practical use managing marine fisheries.”

The workshop is presented by the University of Florida and scientists with the National Marine Fisheries Service. Participants will learn how mathematical models of marine populations are used to guide resource management. Hann, who expects to graduate in 2017, hopes to become a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “I looking forward to this opportunity to delve deeper into the field alongside experts and my peers,” she said.

-- Tricia Vance