Sydney Stark joined our lab from June to August 2018 as our second REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) student in collaboration with Mystic Aquarium. Sydney is a Junior at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and interested in aspects of marine conservation and effects of climate change. Sydney spend her summer testing a prototype of a light trap designed to catch larval and juvenile fish and used it to infer seasonal patterns of ichthyoplankton abundance in nearshore Long Island Sound. In just a short period of time, Sydney became a true ichthyoplankton taxonomist and found that light traps truly work in our waters. Well done Sydney, and all the best for the next career steps!
In her hometown, Sydney’s REU project already received coverage by the local newspaper. See here!
Check out some of Sydney’s best larval fish pictures below:
Jacob Snyder joined the lab in September 2015 and graduated in December 2017 with his Master’s degree. For his Master’s thesis, Jake painstakingly took it upon himself to retrieve and digitize the 40+ year time series of environmental observations from Project Oceanology, an ocean literacy organization that has been taking out middle and high school students for decades. For the first time, his work showed allowed a quantitative evaluation of these data and a glimpse into the abiotic and biotic changes in nearshore waters of Eastern Long Island Sound.
During his time at the Baumann lab, Jake also conducted an experiment on potential maternal effects and their influence on offspring CO2 sensitivity, which was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Snyder, J.T.*, Murray, C.S.*, and Baumann, H. (2018)
James Harrington joined the team in May 2017 to help with our various endeavors rearing fish in the Rankin Lab. He is currently maintaining population crosses of Atlantic silversides from different locations along the Atlantic Coast, which together with our colleagues from Cornell will facilitate describing and annotating the genome of this species. He is also helping with our biweekly beach seine surveys, assisting Chris with large factorial CO2 x O2 experiments on Atlantic silverside offspring, and has lent a hand to our REU student Elle with her summer work.
Elle Parks joined our lab from June to August 2017 as the first REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) student on a recently funded NSF REU project in collaboration with Mystic Aquarium. She is a Junior at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and interested in aspects of marine conservation and effects of climate change. Her project looked at the presumed metabolic costs of high CO2 environments on fish larvae. Elle co-authored a manuscript that resulted from her work
Baumann, H., Parks, E.M.*, and Murray, C.S.* (2018)