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2021 Morehead City Field Site Independent Research Symposium/Webinar

December 1, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

UNC Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences and Institute for the Environment
2021 Morehead City Field Site Independent Research Symposium

Hosted by the Institute of Marine Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill

This event is an Office for Undergraduate Research approved Carolina Research Scholar presentation!

8:30 am Logan Timm (Mentor Dr. Joel Fodrie): Getting to the Core of Seagrass Meadow Edge Effects (supporting collaborators Dr. Stacy Zhang, Becka McMorris, and Emma Rudy Srebnik)
8:45 am Becka McMorris (Mentor Dr. Joel Fodrie): Impact of Seagrass Beds on the Transmission of Acoustic Signals in Estuarine Environments (supporting collaborators Becca Van Hoeck)
9:00 am Jillian Daly (Mentors Drs. Carol Price, NCSU CMAST/NC Aquarium, and Rachel Noble): Sand Tiger Sharks: Behavioral Study in Aquarium and Spot-Mapping in the Wild (supporting collaborators Clint Taylor, Aly Mack, Meri Bruhn)
9:15 am Jackson Evans (Mentor Dr. Janet Nye): Temperature limits of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus): An investigation into latitudinal gradients (supporting collaborators Camryn Blawas, Sally Dowd, Natalie Patetta and Rich Mahoney)
9:30 am Natalie Patetta (Mentor Dr. Janet Nye): Something’s Fishy: Discovering the thermal limitations and climate induced shifts of North Carolina fish species (supporting collaborators Camryn Blawas, Sally Dowd, and Rich Mahoney)
9:45 am Emma Rudy Srebnik (Mentor Dr. Matthew Godfrey, NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Dr. Rachel Noble): Uncovering the mysteries of sea turtle nest relocation trends in North Carolina
10:00 am Yuzhou Chen (Mentors Drs. Dana Hunt, DUML, and Rachel Noble): Microbiomes of biofuels-relevant algae in outdoor raceway ponds (supporting collaborators Dr. Zackary Johnson, Jessica Groniger, Courtney Swink, Qing Dai)

10:00-10:15 am Break

10:15 am Jenna Hynes (Mentor Drs. Rachelle Beattie and Rachel Noble: Prioritizing Sources of Fecal Contamination (supporting collaborators Carly Dinga, Tom Clerkin, Tami Bennett, Mark Ciesielski, Denene Blackwood, Greg Meshaw, John Day, and Rett Newton)
10:30 am Callie Herschfield (Mentors Dr. Tal Ben-Horin NCSU CMAST and Dr. Rachel Noble): Are nutritional deficiencies driving observed oyster mortalities? A histological perspective (supporting collaborators Jonathan Lucas and Dr. Ami Wilbur)
10:45 am Prisca Lim (Mentor Dr. Nathan Hall): Influence of artificial reef materials on the abundance of Gambierdiscus spp. and epiphyte composition (supporting collaborators, Drs. Chris Taylor, Avery Paxton, and Mark Vandersea)
11:00 am Leah Nelson (Mentor Dr. Hans Paerl): Harmful Algal Blooms and the Impact of Nutrient Loading in the Chowan River (supporting collaborators Haley Plaas, Malcolm Barnard, Karen Rossignol, Randy Sloup and Amy Bartenfelder)
11:15 am Haobu Yin (Mentor Dr. Hans Paerl): Exploring driving factorings of algae blooms on the Chowan River (supporting collaborators Dr. Nathan Hall, and Matt Jensen)
11:30 am Mansi Sakarvadia (Mentors Drs. Dave Johnston, DUML, and Rachel Noble): Deep Learning Based Pose Prediction and Statistical Behavioral Analysis of Blue Whales
11:45 am Morgan Pirozzi (Mentors Drs. Andy Read, DUML, and Rachel Noble): Effects of vessel noise on humpback whales in proximity to Chesapeake Bay shipping lanes (supporting collaborators Jeanne Shearer and Dr. Austin Allen)

12:00 noon Short Break for Lunch

12:30 pm Stephanie Caddell (Mentors Drs. David Gill, DUML, and Rachel Noble): Mangroves, Seagrass and Corals Oh My!: Study Design and Comparators in Restoration Studies (supporting collaborator Morgan Rudd)
12:45 pm Kenzie McLean (Mentor Dr. Tony Rodriguez): Sensing Total Suspended Solids Across a Leveed Salt Marsh (supporting collaborators Joshua Himmelstein, Molly Bost, and Dr. Emily Eidam)
1:00 pm Colleen Whitener (Mentors Drs. Todd Miller, NC Coastal Federation, and Rachel Noble): The impact of boat wake on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), in Bogue Sound, NC (supporting collaborators Dr. Nathan Hall, Dr. Tony Rodriguez, and Margaux Hapgood)

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December 1, 2021
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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