Warren-McLeod Fellowships Announced

04/27/2014


The 12-month Warren-McLeod Fellowship has been awarded to Ben Carr of the Les Kaufman Lab and Michael Piacentino of the Bradham Lab .

Ben Carr's research concerns an "Analysis of the Western and Central Pacific Tuna and Billfish Fishery Through Historical Catch Records.” This work bears directly on the sustainability of viable populations of some of the ocean’s most valuable and spectacular fishes.

Michael Piacentino’s research concerns "Anterior Skeletal Patterning in Sea Urchin Development.” As skeletogenesis in many marine organisms is threatened by ocean acidification, and the sea urchin is the leading laboratory model system to mechanistically investigate skeletogenesis, this work bears on an issue of urgent and worldwide marine conservation concern.

The summer Warren-McLeod Fellowship has been awarded to Tina Barbasch of the Pete Buston lab and Lauren Friedman of the John Finnerty lab.

Tina Barbasch’s research concerns how males and females negotiate investment in their offspring. Her principal model system is a reef fish, the clown anemone fish. Tina’s research addresses a problem of profound significance in the behavioral ecology of sexually-reproducing species.

Lauren Friedman's research investigates the mechanisms underlying a pronounced infraspecific difference in oxidative stress tolerance she has identified in the estuarine sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis. Oxidative stress is a pervasive cellular stressor, as as such, Friedman’s research has wide implications. It is also of particular interest in cnidarians because oxidative stress is the proximate mechanism underlying coral bleaching, which is the major cause of coral mortality.