|Doctoral Candidate (Munroe)|
|Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory|
|6959 Miller Avenue|
|Port Norris, NJ 08349 USA|
B.S. 2019 Savannah State University, Marine Sciences, summa cum laude
On a broader scope, I am interested in how organisms are using available resources in changing habitats and how these changes can impact an ecosystem. I am also interested in studying how non-aquaculture species interact with sustainable aquaculture practices. My research will focus on the preservation of clam farms from cownose ray predation in Great Bay. I will also research the potential recruitment of wild clams using the preservation methods on clam farms. In New Jersey, the hard clam aquaculture industry has decreased in recent years due to multiple factors including, cownose ray predation and limited leasing sites. There is the potential for new leases to be permitted but in deeper waters, but they would be more difficult to maintain. Determining aquaculture methods that are low maintenance for the farmer and prevent cownose ray predation could be beneficial to the farmer and the overall clam aquaculture industry in New Jersey.