Marine & Environmental Science News & Events

  • The new minor for Marine and Environmental Science was passed by the school faculty (this may have been reported in the previous report). The minor has dual tracks to allow majors from science or non-science programs to follow the minors’ curriculum
  • Dr. Cuker received the “2009 Mentoring for Professional Diversity in Fisheries and Natural Resources Award” from the Equal Opportunity Section of the American Fisheries Society.
  • Dr. Gibson is the co-PI on a NSF funded project entitled “Doliolid Blooms: What are the Driving Variables? Investigations of Trophic Interactions”. This summer, the team conducted 3 5 day research cruises to run various experiments. Dr. Gibson was the chief scientist on the 3rd cruise with an all female, mostly African American science team.
  • Dr. Burbanck mentored two students in the RISS program working on the classification of the Hampton River using the Shoreline Sensitivity Index. These data will be used this fall for student research using the ESRI (Environmental Science Research Institute) GIS (geographic information system) and GPS (global positioning system) software site license funded by HBCU UP/ RISS.
  • Dr. Cuker ran the 20th annual ASLO Multicultural Program in Nice, France in January. He took 32 students from across the US, including several from HU.
  • Dr. Andrij Horodysky has joined the MASC faculty as a research associate professor supported by the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
  • Dr. Horodysky received a 2010 research funding from the NOAA-LMRCSC program for a project entitled: “Sensory ecology of juvenile and adult black sea bass: ecophysiological auditory and visual performance measures” for $43, 682.
  • Kayelyn Simmons, a junior MASC major, received the Best Student Presentation Award in the Living Marine Resources forum at the NOAA EPP meeting held at Howard University. Ms. Simmons’ presentation was entitled “Observations of egg cases from the holopelagic polychaete family: Tomopteridae”.