Graduate student, Jennifer McCarthy’s, Atlantic Salmon research highlighted

Article from "In the Loop" Fish scales from Norway yield clues to ocean fate of Atlantic salmon Since 1983, sports fishermen from the Drammen River in Norway have been saving the scales of Atlantic salmon, caught as they return from years at sea to spawn in fresh water. A team of researchers, including graduate student Jennifer McCarthy, is using these scales to solve the mystery of why most of these endangered fish never survive their ocean stay. “North American populations of Atlantic salmon have crashed, and European stocks are also declining,” says McCarthy, who is pursuing her Ph.D. student in Natural Resources Conservation. “Growth rings on the scales of fish from European stocks indicate that late summer conditions in nursery areas in the Norwegian Sea are less favorable for the survival rate of young salmon.” Climate change may be one of several factors affecting this temperature sensitive species, bringing warmer water to the nursery areas and decreasing the numbers of small fish that...
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Graduate Student, David Stormer, mentoring future UMass Dartmouth student

Graduate student, David Stormer, recently assisted Caitlin McGarigal (Professor Kevin McGarigal's daughter) in applying for an American Fisheries Society 2008 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program summer scholarship and she got it! David will be mentoring her this summer and her scholarship work will include juvenile bluefish feeding ecology, and energy dynamics. She will also be participating in one of the NOAA summer cruises. Caitlin is finishing up her senior year at Amherst High School and has committed to Umass Dartmouth in the fall....
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Graduate Students, Michelle Staudinger, Megan O’Connor, and David Stormer receive awards!

Congratulations to graduate students, Michelle Staudinger, Megan O'Connor and David Stormer who recently received awards! Michelle Staudinger, (PhD student, WFCON) was awarded Honorable Mention for the J. Frances Allen Scholarship award. The J. Frances Allen Scholarship Award is highly competitive and it is presented to qualified women PhD students. Michelle is currently studying cephalopods and finfish ecology. Megan O'Connor has received a graduate fellowship from the Hudson River Foundation. Megan is a PhD student studying fish habitat in the Hudson River Estuary. David Stormer has received a Polgar summer fellowship award, also from the Hudson River Foundation. David Stormer is a PhD student studying bluefish distribution....
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