Saul B. Saila Best Student Paper Award

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Year, Season, Name, School, Title

2016, Summer, Lucas Nathan, UConn-Storrs, “Evaluating the effects of culverts on fine scale genetic structuring of Brook Trout”

2016, Winter, Meghna Marjadi, UMass-Amherst,”Evaluating reproductive strategies in alewife using pedigree reconstruction”

2015, Summer, Lucas Nathan, UConn-Storrs, “Delineation of Brook Trout landscape-level genetic structure among headwater stream networks: isolates or metapopulations?”

2015, Winter, Tracey Bauer, University of New England, “Abundance and distribution of ichthyoplankton around the Saco River plume in Saco Bay, Maine”

2014, Summer, Jan-Michael Hessenauer, UConn-Storrs, “Streamscape genetic structure of Bridle Shiner, an imperiled minnow”

2014, Winter, Jan-Michael Hessenauer, UConn-Storrs, “Looking for patterns of fisheries induced evolution in largemouth bass populations from historically fished and unfished lakes”

2013, Summer, Greg DeCelles, UMass-Dartmouth, “Dispersal of winter flounder larvae in coastal waters of the Gulf of Maine”

2013, Winter, Kasey Pregler, UConn, “Using occupancy models to evaluate gear bias: quantifying detection probabilities of bridle shiner when using a seine and backpack electrofishing units”

2012, Summer, Martha Divver, Stony Brook, ““Diel behavior in adult white perch (Morone americana) revealed through acoustic telemetry in the Carmans River, Long Island, NY” ”

2012, Winter, Tim Jensen, UConn, “Evaluating habitat use of bridle shiner while accounting for imperfect detection”

2011, Summer, Sarah Simons, WHOI, “Effect of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) on the catch performance in the Northwest Atlantic trawl fishery”

2011, Winter, Owen Nichols, UMass-Dartmouth, “Application of dual-frequency identification sonar (DIDSON) to monitor gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) occurrence at commercial fish weirs”

2010, Summer, Carissa Gervasi, Roger Williams University, ““Abundance, growth, and diet of juvenile summer and winter flounder in tributaries of Narragansett Bay””

2010, Winter, Greg DeCelles, UMass-Dartmouth, “Movements and spawning patterns of winter flounder in the Gulf of Maine: observations using passive acoustic telemetry”

2009, Summer, Carrie Byron, URI, ““Feeding ecology of four demersal predators: black sea bass (Centropristis striata), scup (Stenotomus chrysops), northern searobin (Prionotus carolinus), and striped searobin (Prionotus evolans)””

2009, Winter, Michelle Staudinger, UMass-Amherst, “Behavioral interactions between summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) and longfin squid (Loligo pealeii): the influence of relative prey size on predatory behavior and selectivity”

2008, Summer, Abigail Franklin, UMass-Amherst, “A tale of two fishways: contrasting performance of nature-like fishway designs in coastal New England streams”

2008, Winter, Benjamin Gahagan, UConn, “Emigration timing and emigrant characteristics in juvenile anadromous alewife”

2007, Summer, Richard Bell, URI, “Stock assessment of chambo (Oreochromis sp.) in the southeast arm of Lake Malawi”

2007, Winter, Brad Harris, UMass-Dartmouth, “Mapping surficial substrates and megabenthos along the Northwestern Atlantic continental shelf with underwater video surveys”

2006, Summer, Christopher Dixon, UConn, “Habitat use of state-endangered burbot (Lota lota) in northwestern Connecticut”

2006, Winter, Amy Aieta, UMass-Amherst, “Distribution of the swimbladder parasite Anguillicola crassus in American eels in the Northeastern Atlantic”

2005, Summer, Jason P. Breves, URI, “Compensatory adaptation in the partial gastrointestinal tract of summer flounder”

2005, Winter, Justin Davis, UConn, “Population structure and reproductive indices of anadromous alewife in Connecticut: historical and inter-location comparisons”

2004, Summer, Leah Brown, UMass, “Three dimensional movement of silver-phase American eels (Anguilla rostrata) within the forebay of a small hydroelectric facility”

2004, Summer, Allison Leschen, Boston University, ““Fecundity and spawning of the Atlantic horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus, in Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod, Massachussetts””

2004, Winter, Debra L. Coglianese, URI, “Perception of the molting hormone 20- hydroxyecdysone by Homarus americanus: localization of steroid receptors and effect on behavior”


2003, Summer, Rebecca Jones, UNH, “Size-Selective mortality and growth of a 1995 Georges Bank larval cod cohort”

2003, Winter, Bradley P. Harris, UMass, “Growth estimate for sea scallops in the Nantucket Lightship Closed Area of Georges Bank”

2002, Summer, David L. Taylor, URI, “Evidence of sand shrimp predation on juvenile winter flounder from three northwestern estuaries”

2002, Winter, David L. Taylor, URI, “Detecting juvenile winter flounder in the stomachs of invertebrate predators with Ouchterlony double-diffusion immunoassay”

2001, Summer, Frederick Scharf, UMass-Amherst, “Susceptibility of juvenile fishes to estuarine piscivores: are all forage species created equal?”

2001, Winter, Jennifer Martin, UConn, ““Early life history of Sillago sihama from the Tanshui estuary, Taiwan as revealed by otolith microstructure and microchemistry””

2000, Winter, Catalina Martinez, URI,“Taking a gander at goosefish livers”

1999, Summer, Christopher Baumann, UMass-Amherst, “Assessing brook trout microhabitat use by mapping physical characteristics of streams – a new methodology”

1998, Winter, Brian Hanahan, UMass-Amherst, “Estimating bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) school size from limited observational data”

1997, Summer, Courtney Stirling Casey, URI, “Length-at-maturity of female summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus)”

1996, Winter, Kevin G. Whalen, UMass-Amherst, “Effect of precocial maturation on parr growth and smolting of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) stocked as fry”

1995, Summer, Lisa Yako, UMass-Amherst, ““Timing and migration: attempting to understand and manage anadromous herring (Alosa pseudoharengus, A. aestivalis)””

1995, Winter, Keith E. Matiskella, UMass-Amherst, “Gastric evacuation of two common prey types in longhorn sculpin (Myoxocephalus octodecimspinosus)”

1994, Winter, Jarrad Kosa, UMass-Amherst ,“Using a computer model to identify effective sampling regimes for outmigrating juvenile river herring”

1993-94, , Paul Spencer, URI, “Application of a stochastic predator-prey model to Pacific hake and Pacific herring of Vancouver Island”

1992-93, , Ken Sprankle, UMass-Amherst, “Exploitation of striped bass along the Northeast U.S. coast”

1991-92, , Barbara Dorf, URI,” “Abundance, distribution and habitat characterization of juvenile tautog (Tautog onitis) in Narragansett, Bay””

1990-91, , Micah Kieffer, UMass-Amherst, “Annual movements of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeons in the Merrimack River”

1989-90, , Mary Carla Curran, WHOI, ‘Seasonal and diel changes in oxygen consumption in the cunner Tautogolabrus adspersus (Walbaum): a preliminary study”


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