Sarah Borsetti
Sarah Borsetti
Doctoral Candidate (Munroe)
(856) 391-7662
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ  08349 USA


B.S. 2013 Rutgers University, Marine Biology
Ph.D. expected 2020 Rutgers University

Research Interests

Broadly, my interests are in marine fisheries stock assessments and innovative approaches to fisheries management. My current research focuses on an offshore whelk species (Buccinum undatum) for which no formal fishery management plan exists in the U.S. Due to this species variable life history traits it is critical to collect local baseline population information which can be used to inform future sustainable management of this species.  My recent publication in Fisheries Research describes the population structure of B.undaum in the US Mid-Atlantic via an examination of the species range, size structure, sex ratio and size of sexual maturity (Borsetti et al., 2018). Additionally, I have used annual variations in body metrics and gonadosomatic indices paired with seasonal trends in bottom temperature to describe the reproductive cycle in the southern-most populations of this species range in the Atlantic (Borsetti et al., in prep). Further work is underway to determine the genetic structure of this population in the Mid-Atlantic, through the use of microsatellites, aiding our understanding of population connectivity of this species prior to heavy exploitation.

Current Research Projects

• Rutgers University International Collaborative Research Grant: Lessons from a global examination of complex ecological interactions in fisheries

• Rutgers Ecology & Evolution Charlie Kontos Memorial Graduate Student Grant: Genetic population structure of waved whelk (Buccinum undatum) in the Mid-Atlantic across a range of geographic scales

• Ph.D. dissertation: Population characteristics, reproductive assessment, and genetic structure of waved whelk (Buccinum undatum) across a range of spatial scales on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental shelf

Selected Publications

Borsetti, S., P. R. Hollyman, & D. M. Munroe. (2021). Using a sclerochronological approach to determine a climate-growth relationship for waved whelk, Buccinum undatum, in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 252: 107255. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107255

Borsetti, S., D. M. Munroe, D. B. Rudders, & J-H. Chang. (2020). Timing of the reproductive cycle of waved whelk, Buccinum undatum, on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Bight. Helgoland Marine Research, 74: 5. DOI: 10.1186/s10152-020-00537-6

Borsetti, S., D. M. Munroe, D. B. Rudders, C. Dobson, & E. A. Bochenek. (2018). Spatial variation in life history characteristics of waved whelk (Buccinum undatum L.) on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental shelf. Fisheries Research, 198, 129-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2017.10.006

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