I am a graduate student working on my master's degree under Dr. Pomory. My project will determine penaeid shrimp growth rates and differences in shrimp tissue composition in relation to habitat type, habitat condition, and shrimp stocking density. Tissue compositions will be compared between treatments by analyzing ratios of proteins, lipids and carbohydrates.
As part of my research, I am acquiring training and experience as a guest worker with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf Ecology Division (U.S. EPA – GED, Pensacola Beach, FL) conducting nekton growth and density studies at their Weeks Bay, AL study location. In my collaborative effort with EPA, we are assessing the value of different shallow-water coastal habitats by using a drop-trap to compare relative densities of ecologically and commercially important nekton species and estimating growth and survival of commercial penaeid shrimps using mesocosm enclosures.