Morgan Bennett-Smith, a second year PhD student in the Buston Lab, received the Dana Wright Fellowship.

Morgan’s research explores the ways that the clownfish – sea anemone mutualism changes during different conditions, in particular, climatic stress events. He works on two model systems: the Red Sea clownfish (Amphiprion bicinctus) at sites in Saudi Arabia, and the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula) at sites in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Specifically, Morgan is interested in the impacts of coral reef bleaching events on both mutualistic partners.

This fellowship was established in memory of Dana Wright (CAS ’00), an alum of the BU Marine Program. After completing her studies, Wright went on to work in research in right whale acoustics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod.

Congratulations, Morgan!