Internships and Current Jobs

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Aquaculture (AQU)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MAF SPRING 2016 Daniel Benetti CappSci - Miami Science Barge Nathalie Manzano-Smith The Design and Construction of a Zero Discharge, Solar Powered, Recirculating Aquaculture System for the Miami Science Barge University of Arizona
MAF FALL 2012 Daniel Benetti FAO of the UN (FIRA Service)   Volunteer Internship with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (FIRA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Virginia Tech
MAF SUMMER 2015 Daniel Benetti Food and Agriculture Org. of the United Nations Jose Aguilar Manjarrez Spatial Inventory and Monitoring for Sustainable Aquaculture Development K2 Partnering Solutions
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Benetti Kentucky State University Andrew Ray Experimental shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) production using clear water and biofloc systems. Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Benetti CappSci - Miami Science Barge Nathalie Manzano-Smith Proposed Aquaponics System Design and Aquaculture and Aquaponics Curricula Development for the Miami Science Barge This Free Life
MAF SPRING 2015 Daniel Benetti Open Blue Sea Farms Daniel Farkus Advancing Hatchery Technology of Cobia, Rachycentron canadum, in support of commercial offshore aquaculture Cargill Aqua Nutrition
MAF SUMMER 2013 Daniel Benetti Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture Mr. Paul Zujicek Aquaculture in Florida: A review of the legal and regulatory environment for commercial, scientific research, and stock enhancement aquaculture projects in Florida Didn't say
MAF SUMMER 2014 Daniel Benetti University of Miami's Experimental Hatchery Ronald Hoenig/Benetti Financial Feasibility Study for the Commercial Aquaculture Production of Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares) Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Benetti National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture Center William Wolters Use of moist diets for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar ) when transitioning from fresh to sea water Two Docks Shellfish
MAF FALL 2014 Daniel Benetti Open Blue Sea Farms Brian O'Hanlon Dietary substitution for the maintenance of rotifer (Brachionus plicatilis) cultures in an effort to improve cost-efficiency Sysco
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Benetti New England Aquarium Brianne Dent Marine Aquarium Fish Aquaculture at the New England Aquarium IGI Thimble Farm
MAF SPRING 2016 Daniel Benetti Golden Eagle Sablefish Inc. Megan Sorby Developing a Protocol for Rotifers (Brachionus plicatilis ) for use in Larval Rearing of Sablefish (Anoplopoma finbria ) Blue Ocean Mariculture- Hawaiian Kanpachi

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Broadcast Meteorology (BME)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MBF FALL 2011 Brian Soden WFOR-TV, South Florida's CBS 4 News   Broadcast Meteorology Internship Report STRIVE Preparatory Schools

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Climate and Society (WCS)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MPO FALL 2011 Brian Soden Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management   Hazard and Vulnerability Database for Miami-Dade County Moms Clean Air Force (non-profit)
MPO SUMMER 2015 Tamay Ozgokmen NOAA/AOML Rick Lumpkin Projecting Oil Dispersion in the Gulf of Mexico, Straits of Florida, and Caribbean Sea Using Climatological Data from Drifting Buoys and Surface Winds NOAA
ATM FALL 2016 Brian Soden WPLG -TV Local 10 (ABC) Betty Davis Broadcast Meteorology: Comparing Forecasting Techniques and Telling the Weather Story WREX-TV
MPO SUMMER 2013 Brian Soden Everglades National Park Larry Perez Communicating Climate Change in Everglades National Park Global Footprint Network
MPO FALL 2015 Brian Soden NOAA - AOML Marlos Goes South Atlantic Subtropical Gyre: Structure, Interannual variability and Trends Created an environmental consulting company in Brazil
MPO SPRING 2011 Brian Soden FDEP Lee Hoefert A report to aid the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's compliance with EPA's new revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2) Florida Power and Light Company

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Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MES SUMMER 2017 David Die The Bill Fish Foundation Peter Chaibongsai A Guide to Managing Fish Aggregation Devices (FADs) in the Caribbean The Billfish Foundation
MAF FALL 2016 Daniel Benetti Open Blue Sea Farms, LLC Ryan Lind Marketing Aquaculture Products: Developing an Apprenticeship Program to Increase Sales in a Targeted Market Prime Time Seafood
MAF FALL 2014 Davide Letson NOAA NMFS SFSC Dr. Scott Crosson An Economic Analysis of Commercial Fisheries in the U.S. Virgin Islands City of Bowie
MAF FALL 2014 Maria Estevanez Miami-Dade County League of Cities   Miami-Dade County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Climate Action Plan Analysis EAS Engineering, Inc.
MAF SPRING 2014 Neil Hammerschlag The Bill Fish Foundation Peter Chaibongsai A Multifaceted Comparison of Highly Migratory Species Regulation in the Caribbean (the United States, the Bahamas, and Jamaica) The Disability and Handicapped Workshop
MAF SUMMER 2014 Sarah Meltzoff Intercultural Outreach Initiative Johan Besserer Using Ethnography to Analyze Incongruities in a Conservation Non Profit Organization in the Galapagos Islands Health Bomb
MAF FALL 2014 David Letson NOAA Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center Juan Agar Metadata and Literature Reivew of Coastal and Ocean Economic Activiteis in the US Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic and Carribean NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Hollings Marine Laboratory
MAF SUMMER 2013 Maria Estevanez US ACE Jessica Cordwell Balancing Environmental Health in an Expanding World: The Port of Miami Dredge Project Confederated Tribes pf Grand Ronde
MAF SPRING 2016   Shark Research and Conservation Julia Wester Program Evaluation in an Informal Enviro-ed Program: Shark Research and Conservation at UM Shark Research & Conservation at UM
MAF SPRING 2015 Maria Estevanez FL Dept: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Pamela Sweeney Evaluating the Effectiveness of Marine Signage Alogn Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Louisiana Sea Grant
MES FALL 2016 Maria Estevanez Dept. of Regulatory & Economic Resources, Div. of Environmental Resource Management Pamela Sweeney Delivering Excellence: Regulating Coastal Development to Protect Benthic Habitat in Miami-Dade County Luxury Residential Group
MAF FALL 2012 Maria Estevanez Miami-Dade County Sea Grant Extension Office Dr. Lisa Krimsky Distribution Predictions and Biological Impacts of Marine Debris in Miami-Dade County, Florida Hogan Lovells US LLP
MAF FALL 2013 Daniel Suman Pangea Explorations Dr. Ron Ritter The One Water Story Expedition: Assessing the Feasibility of Commercial Citizen Science Initiatives in the Great Lakes LiteraSea
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Suman Miami Waterkeeper Dr. Rachel Silverstein Promoting Climate Change Adaptation Through Legal Action: Climate Change Law, Climate Action Plans, and Governmental Liability Administrative Law Review
MAF SUMMER 2014 Maria Estevanez FDEP - Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Pamela Sweeney Rapid Assessment of Biscayne Bay Coastline Tropical Audubon Society
MAF FALL 2015 Daniel Suman Latin American Sea Turtles Didihier Chacon A Study of Consumptive and Non-Consumptive Methods of Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica Lecturer
MAF FALL 2014 Maria Estevanez Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough Marien Debris Accumulation on Elliot Key and the Potential Hazards to Nesting Engangered Carretta carretta Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
MAF SPRING 2016 Evan D'Alessandro National Park Service Tracy Ziegler Biocontrols of the Invasive Lionfish Population as an Indicator of Marine Protected Area Success Montana State University-Bozeman
MES FALL 2016 Diego Lirman RSMAS Benthic Ecology Lab Rolando Santos Fish utilization of living shorelines in the canals of Southeast Florida Coastal Systems International (Miami, FL)
MAF FALL 2017 Joshua Coco Clean Ocean Action Swarna Mothokrishnan Reducing Plastic Pollution in the Marine Environment by Promoting Corporate Sustainability Initiatives to Reduce Single-Use Plastic in the Workplace ICF
MAF FALL 2015 Rafael Araujo Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Mike Bryan Guidelines for the USDA-APHIS-PPQ Weed Risk Assessment Great Lakes Commission
MAF FALL 2013 Daniel Suman Friends of Biscayne Bay and the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preseves Susan Leser The Value of Biscayne Bay to Local Recreational Businesses Miami-Dade County, Division of Environmental Resources Management (DERM)

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Coastal Zone Management (CZM) / J.D./M.P.S. in Marine Ecosystems and Society (JD)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MAF SPRING 2014 Maria Estevanez N/A N/A Overcoming the Tragedy of the Commons: Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Zoning Town of Moraga
MAF FALL 2012 John Gifford Florida International University Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project   Gut Content Analysis and Potential Herbivory Effects of the Western Striped Trumpeter, Pelates octolineatus Kirby School in Santa Cruz, CA
MAF FALL 2013 Daniel Suman Perry and Neblett, P.A.   Lost at Sea: The Management and Protection of Underwater Cultural Resources UnitedLex Corporation
MAF FALL 2013 Daniel Suman     Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environnmental Protection: The Dawn of Judicial Takings Doctrine? Pinellas County Attorney's Office
MAF SPRING 2015 Maria Estevanez ***Did not do internship because was in JD program N/A N/A Law Firm of Saavedra | Goodwin in Fort Lauderdale

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Exploration Science (ESC)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MAF 2015 Kenny Broad Land and Sea Surveying Concepts Tim Carlile Utilizing Single Beam Sonar Systems for Evaluation of Port Construction Dredging Operations in Port Lafito, Haiti The Dutra Group
MAF FALL 2015 Kenny Broad Land and Sea Surveying Concepts Inc. Tim Carlile Planning and Execution of Port Lafito Bathymetric Survey Expedition Land and Sea Surveying Concepts
MAF SPRING 2016 Kenny Broad Dry Tortugas National Park Tracy Ziegler GoPros in Science: Can you be a Hero and a Scientist? Lindblad Expeditions
MAF FALL 2015 Keene Haywood Bush Heritage Australia Erica P. Suosaari Analytical modeling of conservation of mass and salt to quantify groundwater influx in Hamelin Pool, Shark Bay, Western Australia Bazilian Navy
MES FALL 2016 Keene Haywood National Park Service - S. FL/Caribbean Network Brooke Ginter, Ph.D. 3D Modeling of Coral Reefs using Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry as an Inventory and Monitoring Tool Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
MES FALL 2016 Keene Haywood Dry Tortugas National Park Kayla Nimmo Comparing Lionfish Distributions between the Dry Tortugas and Biscayne National Park NOAA Southest Fisheries Science Center: Benthic ecology research group
MAF FALL 2014 Keene Haywood Dry Tortuga National Park Tracy Zigeler Observations of Remote Field Opperations in Dry Tortugas National Park Artefactum Initiative

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Fisheries Management and Conservation (FMC)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MBE FALL 2016 Jill Richardson University of S. Carolina - Beaufort Dr. Eric Montie Risk Assessment of Boat Noise on Fish Acoustic Communication in the May River, South Carolina FIU Aquatic Ecology Lab
MBF FALL 2015 David Die The Nature Conservancy Vera Agostini Assessing the Vulnerability of Fisheries to Climate Change at a Global Scale Key Biscayne Community Foundation
MBF FALL 2015 David Die Broward County Env. Planning Community Resilience Div. David K. Stout Developing a Living Shorelines GIS Database of South Florida Broward County Governmental Center
MES FALL 2016 Nelson Ehrhardt NOAA SEFSC Joan Browder Analysis of Pink Shrimp (Farfantepenaeus duorarum) populations in regards to Port of Miami Dredging HP Hoos LLC

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J.D./M.P.S. in Marine Ecosystems and Society (JD)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MAF SPRING 2016 Sarah Meltzoff The Cuba Marine Research & Conservation Program & The Ocean Foundation Fernando Bretos Spring Break 2017: Havana - An Annotated Bibliography of Sustainable Tourism Development in Cuba Miami Waterkeeper (part-time MPS Program)

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Marine Conservation (MCO)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MES SUMMER 2016 Maria Estevanez Broward County-Beach & Marine Resources Section Nicole Sharp Spatial Mapping of Sea Turtle Disorientation Due to Artificial Lighting on the Nesting Beaches of Broward County, Florida Suffolk County Community College
MAF   Maria Estevanez City of Miami Beach Public Works Department's Environmental Management Division Elizabeth Wheaton City of Miami Beach Dune Management Plan US Department of the Interior Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
MES FALL 2016 Keene Haywood Sea Turtle, Inc. Jeff George A Comprehensive Analysis of Sea Turtle Strandings Due to Anthropogenic Causes Around South Padre Island (1980-2016) Operation Wallacea
MES SUMMER 2017 Pamela Fletcher Miami Seaquarium Shannon Jones Reef Ranger Research Report: A Youth Education Initiative Sanibel Sea School
MAF SPRING 2016 Evan D'Alessandro National Park Service, Everglades National Park, Homestead, Fl Jason Osborne Ten Year Prospectus of Trends in Length and Abundance of Centropomous undecimalis (Common snook) in Everglades National Park Everglades National Park
MAF SPRING 2014 Daniel Benetti Gulf Coast Marine Life Center Patrick Barcus Gulf Coast Marine Life Center: Advancing Sustainable Aquaculture in the US Carnival Cruise Line
MAF SPRING 2016 James Byrne National Park Service, Everglades National Park, Homestead, Fl Jason Osborne Cape Sable Threat Assessment: Analyzing the Threats to Cape Sable's Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta ) Nesting Population in Everglades National Park Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
MAF SPRING 2015 Keene Haywood Jungle Island Beth Heidorn The Development of an Innovative Citizen Science Initiative at a Marine Mammal/Zoological Facility Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
MAF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Sea Synergy Lucy Hunt Cetacean Sightings, Sustainable Ecotourism, and Education/Outreach in Southwest Ireland Pacific Whale Foundation
MES SUMMER 2017 Joshua Coco Marine Discovery Center Erica Edmonston Short Term Effects of Summer Camp on Marine Knowledge Science Eye
MAF SPRING 2013 Sarah Meltzoff Isabela Oceanographic Institute Johann Besserer Expanding Outreach for the Isabela Oceanographic Institute, Isabela Island, Galapagos Christine Ren Films
MAF SPRING 2013 Maria Estevanez The New Smyrna Beach Marine Discovery Center   Aquanauts National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI): NSF grant sponsored
MES FALL 2016 Maria Estevanez Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Cheryl Clark An Evaluation of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve: 50 Years of Conservation Florida Department of Health
MAF FALL 2013 Andrew Baker Key Biscayne Community Foundation Dr. Robert Molinari Developing a nearshore coastal ecosystem education and outreach programfor the Citizen Scientist Project of Key Biscayne Florida Department of Health in Orange County for environmental health
MES FALL 2016 Evan D'Alessandro Biscayne National Park Dr. Vanessa McDonough Evaluating the Catch Efficiency of Antillean Z-traps on Invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles ) DERM for Miami-Dade County: Coastal Section
MAF FALL 2014 Diego Lirman National Park Service: South Florida/Carribean Network Inventory and Monitoring Program Dr. Michael Freeley The Spatial and Temporal Trends of 11 Scloratinian Coral Species of the Virgin Islands National Park University of Miami - Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing
MAF SPRING 2014 Maria Estevanez The City of Miami Beach Environmental Resources Management Division Margarita Wells Review and Assessment of the Construction Site Runoff Inspection and Enforcement Prgogram of a Municipal Stormwater Management Program: City of Miami Beach, Florida City of Miami Department of Emergency Management
MAF FALL 2013 Maria Estevanez Alaska SeaLife Center Laurie Morrow Visitor Response to the Sustainable Fishing Exhibit at the Alaska SeaLife Center National Aquarium
MAF SPRING 2013 Maria Estevanez Blue Water Initiative   Analysis of Tire Extraction Pilot Study in Osborne Reef Stantec
MAF FALL 2012 David Letson Shark Savers Samantha Whitcraft Saving Sharks: Projects to Promote Conservation Awareness and Citizen Science WaterLust
MAF FALL 2013 Sara Fain The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Debbie Crane Engagin North Carolina's new conservationists: Developing a community outreach campaign with the Nature Conservancy Sustain Charlotte
MES SPRING 2017 Maria Estevanez UM RSMAS Manoj Shivlani Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Local Ecological Knowledge (LEEK) to Characterize Small-Scale Fisheries of Puerto Rico University of the Philippines
MAF FALL 2013 Daniel Suman Oceana Rebecca Marques Affecting Change in Offshore Drilling Policies in Florida Through Outreach and Advocacy City of Homestead
MES FALL 2016 Andrew Baker NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center Margaret Miller The Effects of Dredging on South Florida Coral Reefs National Oceanographic Partnership Program
MAF FALL 2013 Maria Estevanez NOAA Office of Protected Resources Cathy Tortoriel Fishing Piers and Protected Species: An assessment of the Presence and Effectiveness of Conservation Measures in Charlotte and Lee County, Florida Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
MAF FALL 2014 Maria Estevanez Marine Conservation Institute Michael Gravitz Pirate Fishing and Politic: Getting Congressioanl Support for Illegal Fishing Legislation FishWise (California-based NGO consultancy)
MES SUMMER 2017 Jill Richardson NOAA NMFS-SEFSC Ruth Ewing, DVM Stranded Cetaceans: Response, Necropsy, Morphometrics (Body Mass Index Evaluation), and Tooth Sample Reference Archiving Sunken Places
MAF FALL 2012 Liana McManus The Bill Fish Foundation Peter Chaibongsai The Role of Recreational Fishing in the Establishment of Marine Reserves The Billfish Foundation
MAF FALL 2014 Jill Richardson NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory Erica Rule Enhancing AOML Science Communications via Social Media Platforms Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
MES SUMMER 2017 Tamay Ozgokmen Debris Free Global, Inc., dba "Debris Free Oceans" Caiti Pomerance The Litter Mermaid Project: An Overview of Marine Litter in Miami Kayak Connecion
MAF FALL 2015 Maria Estevanez Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire Mabel Nava Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis of Policy Instruments and Implementation Methods for Reduction in Single-Use Plastic Bag Consumption Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
MES FALL 2016 Elizabeth Babcock Environmental Defense Fund - Raleigh, NC Helen Takade-Heumacher A Comprehensive View of Dusky Shark Bycatch Within the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Peace Corps in the Philippines
MAF FALL 2015 Keene Haywood Miami WaterKeeper Rachel Silverstein Outreach in the Classroom: Using ESRI's mapping tools in a curricular design to aid Miami-Dade County middle school students in understanding and communicating local sea level rise John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
MAF SPRING 2015 Maria Estevanez Prestige Cruise Holdings Inc Sarah Ferguson-Brown Environmental Compliance and Policy in the Cruise Line Industry Norwegian Cruise Lline Holdings Ltd.
MAF FALL 2013 Maria Estevanez Environmental Defense Fund Scott Edwards Estimate of the Number of Global Fisheries and Comparison of Fisheries Data Sources National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
MAF SPRING 2016 Maria Estevanez Debris Free Oceans Caiti Pomerance Building Debris Free Oceans: Inspiration through Education Debris Free Oceans
MAF SUMMER 2015 Maria Estevanez Healthy Earth Sarasota Inc. Susan Rakay Investigation of Harvest Productivity at Healthy Earth Sarasota's Siberian Sturgeon Recirculating Aquaculture Farm Healthy Earth Sarasota, Inc.
MAF FALL 2014 Maria Estevanez Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program Dorreen Carey Analysis nd Update of the Lake Michigan Coastal Program State of Indiana Dept. of Child Services
MAF SPRING 2015 Manoj Shivlani Whale and Dolphin Conservation Monica Pepe Exploratory Analysis into the Temporal and Spatial Distribution Patterns Among Humpback Whales and Dolphins in the Southern Gulf of Maine American Consulting Professionals, LLC
MES FALL 2016 Jill Richardson SEAVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Magazine Giacomo Abrusci Photojournalism as a Method of Conservation Outreach: Assisting in the Development of a New Digital Marine Conservation and Travel Magazine National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
MAF FALL 2013 Maria Estevanez NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Cathy Sakas The Effects of Georgia's Watershed on Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary: An Outreach Campaign Chatham County Public Information Office
MES FALL 2016 Maria Estevanez Friends of the Chicago River Mark Hauser Friends of the Chicago River's Overflow Action Days: Bringing the Campaign to Schools and Evaluating its Success Coca Cola
MAF SUMMER 2015 Diego Lirman Mote Marine Laboratory Jim Culter Effects of Low pH on Juvenile Bay Scallop Survival Rates Atlantic Adge Dive Center
MAF SPRING 2014 Maria Estevanez Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough Expanding Biscayne National Park's Indo-Pacific Lionfish Outreach and Education: Communicating the significance of the Lionfish invasion to Miami-Dade County stakeholder groups Florida Sea Grant
MAF SPRING 2016 Keene Haywood United Nations Environmental Programme Heidi Savelli Citizen Science for Global Marine Litter Monitoring International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
MAF FALL 2013 Maria Estevanez Shark Savers, SharksCount Program Samantha Whitcraft Protecting sharks: eclogical importance and conservation strategies University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
MAF FALL 2013 Elizabeth Babcock The Environmental Defense Fund   Improving fisheries management through governance and incentives for habitat conservation Oceana
MAF FALL 2015 Keene Haywood Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough Expanding Lionfish Outreach and Interpretation in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties: Informing Key Stakeholders on the Significance of the Invasion and Importance of their Removal Using Various Outreach Methods NOAA - contractor through Riverside Technology

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Marine Mammal Science (MMS)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MBF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Samantha Whitcraft Manatee and Human Interactions in the Three Sisters Springs Unit and Banana Island Waters of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Citrus County, Florida Miami Seaquarium
MBF SUMMER 2017 Jill Richardson Mote Marine Laboratory (MML) Gretchen Lovewell A Retrospective Analysis of Fibropapillomatosis in Sea Turtles Mote Marine Lab
MBF FALL 2014 Jill Richardson Mystic Aquarium Mandy Keogh Histological Assessment of Spleen and Lymph Node Tissue of the Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) and the Spinner Dolphin (Stenella longirostris): Age and Sex Differences UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
MBF FALL 2013 Jill Richardson Miami Seaquarium Maya Rodriguez The frequency of vocalizations exhibited by rescued Florida manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris): the influence of time of day, sex, and feeding Clinique Veterinaire Quartier DIX30
MBF FALL 2013 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus, Key Largo Robert Stevens/Art Cooper Establishing a Welfare Assessment of Captive Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Looking to set up her own consulting company - just received a PhD from University Paris 13
MBE SUMMER 2017 Jill Richardson NOAA NMFS-SEFSC Jenny Litz Quality assessment and quality control (QA/QC) of the Biscayne Bay bottlenose dolphin photo-identification project database and spatial plotting of track-lines Georgetown University
MBF FALL 2013 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus Molli Byerly Marine Mammal Training Protocol and Behavioral Inventory for Tursiops truncatus) Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder
MBF FALL 2012 Jill Richardson Biscayne National Park Dr. Vanessa McDonough Management of Sea Turtle Nests in Biscayne National Park, Florida OdySea Aquarium
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson Mote Marine Laboratory   An evaluation of pathology and pod structure of the 1995 mass stranded Stenella clymene in the Gulf of Mexico Old Navy
MBF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Cascadia Research Collective Kiirsten Flynn The Spatiotemporal Relationship between Cetacean Sightings and Strandings in and around Puget Sound, Washington Marine Life Center
MBF FALL 2013 Jill Richardson US Geological Survey, Sirenia Project Cathy Beck The Relationship Between Premortem Sighting Distribution and Potential Toxin Exposure of Manatees Salvaged During the Brevard County, 2012-2013 Unusual Mortality Event South Florida Museum
MBE SUMMER 2017 Jill Richardson Island Dolphin Care Michelle Crosetto, D.V.M Assessing and maintaining the health of a captive bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population through the establishment of independent veterinary care Dolphin Care
MBF FALL 2013 Jill Richardson Clearwater Marine Aquarium Abby Stone Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation: Evaluating Conservation Efforts through Education FWC: Southwest Field Lab
MBF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus Dr. Holli Eskelinen Signature whistle similarity among related and unrelated Tursiops truncatus Rocketship Public Schools
MBF FALL 2014 Jill Richardson NOAA NMFS SFSC Melissa Soldevilla Estimating abundance of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the Gulf of Mexico from acoustic data collected during the NOAA Cruise GU-09-03 (054) Baylor University
MBF SPRING 2014 Jill Richardson OERCA and Dolphin Cove Research and Education Todd Feucht Quantification of Tooth Rake Marks in Captive Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) for Improved Aggression Management SAIC
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson The Miami Seaquarium   Assessing behavioral response in a Florida manatee administered Tramadol for a spinal injury The New Heights Home Team at Keller Williams
MBF FALL 2014 Jill Richardson Monterey Bay Aquarium Sandrine Hozan Development of Behavioral Milestones in Rehabilitated Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutrisnereis) Pups at Monterey Bay Aquarium Full-time: SPCA for Monterey County, Part-time: Sea Otter Savvy
MBF FALL 2012 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus Holli C. Byerly Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) vocalizations in response to a stimulus: Behavioral cotnext and demographic variability The Seeing Eye
MBF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Shed Aquarium Tanya Salvey Marine Mammal Education in Aquariums: Developing a Life History Model for Use at Shedd Aquarium Rocketship Education
MBE FALL 2016 Jill Richardson Clearwater Marine Aquarium Shelly Marquardt Assessment of Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser therapu on the mobility of geriatric North American river otter (Lontra canadensis)  in managed care Clearwater Marine Aquarium
MBE SUMMER 2016 Jill Richardson NOAA SEFSC Jenny Litz Data management and auditing of the Biscayne Bay bottlenose dolphin photo-ID catalog Achievement First
MBE SUMMER 2017 Jill Richardson NOAA NMFS-SEFSC Lance Garrison, Ph.D. Performance of the Digital Analysis and Recognition of Whale Images on a Network (DARWIN): utilizing dorsal fin matching software to improve data processing for the Biscayne Bay bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) photo-identification project NOAA,NMFS-SWFSC
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson NOAA NMFS OLE   Enforcement of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the Southeast Region of the United States: A review of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) provisioning, including recommendations for improved reporting and public education NOAA
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson NOAA Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division   Descriptive epizootiology of parasites from the 1991-2005 mass strandings of rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis) in the Southeastern United States Scholastic
MBF FALL 2014 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus Holli Eskelinen Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops trencatus) Whistle Rates and Blood Cortisol Levels During Periods of Percieved Stress Independent contractor
MBF SPRING 2016 Jill Richardson Dolphins Plus (new host), Mystic Aquarium (old host) Dr. Hollie Eskelinen (NEW) The influence of birth order, developmental stage, and sex of a calf on interactions and aggression in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus ) Dolphins Plus
MBF SPRING 2014 Jill Richardson Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Nicole Hardy Development of a Formal Sea Otter Internship Program at the Audubon Aquarium of Americas - New Orleans, LA Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
MBF FALL 2015 Jill Richardson Clearwater Marine Aquarium Hada Herring The Development of a Coordinated Response Plan for Cetacean Mass Strandings Louisiana State University

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Natural Hazards and Catastrophes (NHC)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
OCE FALL 2016   Munich Reinsurance America Mark Bove Testing and validation of the U.S. flood model, KatRisk, for determining risk eligibility for Munich Re America Inc. Inland Flood Coverage Endorsement product American Family Insurance
OCE FALL 2016 Igor Kamenkovich Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC Joseph Becker Defining and Analyzing the Frequency and Severity of Flood Events to Improve Risk Management from a Reinsurance Standpoint Guy Carpenter
OCE FALL 2017 Igor Kamenkovich FEMA, Department of Homeland Security   FEMA Pathways internship: an internship report FEMA
OCE SUMMER 2017 David Letson South Florida Regional Planning Counciel Keren Bolter, Ph.D Mapping Future Expansion of the Coastal High Hazard Area and Community Rating System Recommendations: in the Florida Keys with a focus on Islamorada FEMA

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Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management (TME)

Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
MBE SUMMER 2017 Joshua Coco NOAA-AOML/CIMAS Erica Rule Creating and Refining Outreach & Education Curriculum and Web Content Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson FDEP   Recreational Dive Community Response to the Southeastern Florida Coral Reef Initiative's Monitoring Surveys Inquiry Gaylord Archival
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ltd.   Environmental Operations Development for Royal Caribbean Ltd. Stantec
MBF FALL 2015 Andrew Baker Dry Tortugas National Park Tracy Ziegler Assessment of Caretta caretta  and Chelonia mydas Nesting Activities to Determine if East Key Should Become a Marine Protected Area at Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. Allen Marine Tours Inc
MBF FALL 2013 Diego Lirman Key Biscayne Community Foundation Robert Molinari Condition of Key Biscayne Natural Resources: The good, the bad, and the ugly Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
MBE SPRING 2016   Bulletin of Marine Science Geoffrey S. Shiceler Contributing Factors to Long-Term Citation Count in Marine and Freshwater Biology Journals Hi-Rez Studios
MBF FALL 2013 Andrew Baker NOAA Margaret Miller Response of the Caribbean staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis transplanted to low and high density stands of conspecific colonies in the Dry Tortugas National Park Parker Performing Arts School
MBF SUMMER 2013 Evan D'Alessandro     Mangroves in a Changing Climate: Establishing Baseline Data and Comparisons of the Forest Structure of Mangrove Ecosystems in Broad Key, Florida, and Isabela Island, Galapagos Buena Vista Concordia International School
MBF FALL 2015 Chris Langdon Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough An Applied Approach to Macroscopic Gonadal Assessment in Invasive Pterois volitans and its Application in Citizen Science and Data Collection at Biscayne National Park West Virginia University
MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson NOAA/SEFSC   An assessment of disease prevalence and mitigation strategies among wild and outplanted Acropora cervicornis in the Florida Keys University of Florida
MBF FALL 2015 Chris Langdon Dry Tortugas National Park Tracy Ziegler Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Invasive Lionfish in the Dry Tortugas National Park West Marine Boating Store
MBF SPRING 2016 Andrew Baker National Park Service Michael Feeley Developing a Monitoring Protocol Summary for the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) Bureau Veritas
MBF SPRING 2013 Evan D'Alessandro Biscayne National Park Dr. Vanessa McDonough Lionfish Colonization Rate at Preferred Sites Following Removal Highland Park United Methodist Church
MBF FALL 2012 Jill Richardson Lirman Lab - UM RSMAS Dr. Lirman Can buoysused to mark permanent water quality sites act as bird stakes? Montgomery County Public Schools
MBF   Chris Langdon Biscayne National Park/NPS Vanessa McDonough An analysis of Florida's long-term sea turtle stranding dataset from 1980-2013 FWRI
MBF FALL 2013 Ian Enochs NOAA Derek Manzello The effects of ocean acidification on benthic reef communities Bloom Energy
MBF FALL 2015 Dr. Diego Lirman Rescue A Reef (Benthic Ecology Lab) Diego Lirman Enhancing the Rescue a Reef Program through Social Media, Education, and Outreach University of Miami: Lirman Lab
MBF FALL 2015 Diego Lirman NOAA-Southeast Fisheries Science Center Margaret Miller Historical Changes in Abundance of Acropora  Corals in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Beterrn 2005 and 2015 The International School of Minnesota
MBE FALL 2016 Diego Lirman Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough Insights into reproductive strategies of invasive Pterois volitans/miles in Biscayne National Park National Park Service
MBF SPRING 2015 Andrew Baker National Park Service South Florida/Caribbean Network Michael Feeley Snetwork-wide Analysis of Lionfish Distribution in National Parks in Florida and the US Virgin Islands Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project
MBF SPRING 2015 Chris Langdon NOAA SEFSC Wendy Teas An analysis of sea turtle strandings in Zone 25 from 1980-2013 NOAA SEFSC
MBF SUMMER 2014 Evan D'Alessandro Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough Evaluation of Attractants and Traps as a Potential Mitigation Method for Lionfish Management Dial Cordy & Associates
MBF FALL 2012 Diego Lirman Malama Pupukea - Waimea Denise Antolini Creating Comprehensive Protected Areas: The Ecology of the Pupukea Tide Pools and Their Value to the Pupukea Marine Life Conservation District Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
MBF SPRING 2014 Diego Lirman Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Student Conservation Association   Queen Conch Recruitment in the Florida Keys FWC

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Underwater Archaeology (UA)

Track Division Graduate Year Committee Chair Internship Organization Internship Supervisor Report Title Current Job Organization
UAR MAF SPRING 2013 John Gifford RSMAS   Fundraising for a Critically Overlooked Archaeological Site Freelance
MMS/TME MBF FALL 2015 Maria Estevanez ESRI Lara McLaughlin Small, Medium, and Revolutionary Advances to Global Ocean Geographic Information Systems Child Creativity Center
CMO MPO SPRING 2015 Brian Soden David Skaggs Research Center - NOAA Alexander MacDonald The Documentation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Nonhydrostatic Icosahedral Model (NIM) University of Colorado: CIRES at NOAA (GSD)
FSC MBF SPRING 2015 Nelson Ehrhardt SE Fisheries Science Center - NOAA Jim Bohnsack A Statistical Package in R for the South Florida Reef Visual Census Gartner
MCO/CSU MAF SPRING 2014 Neil Hammerschlag Marine Conservation Institute Caro Dratva Visual Science Communications: Disseminating Timely Marine Conservation Issues to Increase Awareness Among the General Public Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game
FSC MBF FALL 2012 Nelson Ehrhardt Central American Billfish Association   On sustainability criteria applicable to billfish conservation Back in school *** didn't say where or what degree
WFC MPO SUMMER 2015 David S. Nolan National Weather Service Jeral Estupinan The Use of BIOVerify at the National Weather Service in Miami, FL to Enhance the Accuracy of Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts Mobiltie
CSU MAF SPRING 2015 Maria Estevanez The Village of Pinecrest and Miami-Dade League of Cities Cindy Lerner A More Resilient and Sustainable Miami-Dade County ERM
CSU MAF FALL 2014 Diego Lirman The National Park Service Sarah Bellinnund Salinity Gradient Reversals and Possible Groundwater Flow into Biscayne Bay Miami-Dade County
WFC MPO SUMMER 2012 Brian Soden National Weather Service - Miami Weather Forecast Office   Performance of Maximum and Minimum Temperature Guidance at the National Weather Service's Miami Weather Forecast Office DTN
CSU MAF SUMMER 2015 Maria Estevanez FL Sea Grant - UF IFAS Extension, Miami-Dade County Lisa Krimsky Assessing Fisher Perceptions of Algal Bloom Impacts on Biscayne Bay-Dependent Fisheries Cummins | Cederberg ( Coastal and Marine Engineering)
CMO ATM SUMMER 2016 David Nolan NOAA - AOML-HRD Xuejin Zhang An Investigation of the Cyclogenesis Forecast Ability of the Basin-Scale HWRF Model by Invoking the GFDL Vortex Tracker UM CIMAS
CSU MAF SPRING 2016 Maria Estevanez South Florida Caribbean Network, NPS Mike Feeley Development of a Digital Data Collection Methodology for Coral Monitoring Surveys NOAA
FSC MBF FALL 2011 Jill Richardson RSMAS Nelson Ehrhardt An assessment of recruitment trends for three Panamanian white shrimp fisheries from 1960-2007 and determining the importance of Environmental variables in regional productivity University of British Colombia
CMO MPO FALL 2013 Brian Soden The East-West Center Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Victoria Keener A Projected Sea Level Assessment of Tutuila and Aunu's Islands, American Samoa University of Rhode Island
WFC MPO SUMMER 2014 David Nolan The National Weather Service Jeral Estupinan Reliability of 3-hr Probability of Precipitation Forecasts Produced by the National Weather Service Office in Miami, Florida Kepler Group
FSC MBF FALL 2014 David Die NOAA NMFS SFSC Trika Gerard Larval parrotfish abundance and distribution in the US Virgin Islands: a baseline for managmenet assessments University of Miami / CIMAS
FSC MBF SUMMER 2012 Su Sponaugle NOAA/NMFS SEFSC Early Life History Lab   Key to identifications of common species of larval sea basses and hamlets (Family Serranidae, Subfamily Serraninae) in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean University of Miami
FSC MBF FALL 2012 Jill Richardson NMFS Kevin McCarthy Depredation Mortality of Red Snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) in the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fishery Started her own company
CMO ATM SUMMER 2017 Peter Minnett EDF Renewable Energy James Alfi A Validation of Satellite-derived Irradiance Data Products with Ground-based Measurements EDF Renewable Energy

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