Graduate Research

Two female student researchers sift through the wet sand at the water's edgeMidway through your first year in the M.S. program, you establish a thesis committee and submit a research proposal to investigate an aspect of the marine sciences of particular interest to you. In this way, our program allows you to follow your own individual passion into the field. Then, you conduct research and write your thesis.

To learn more about some of the research projects designed and conducted by our M.S. students, click on the links below:

  • Katie Pugliares - Genetic Relatedness Among Mass Stranded Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus ocutus) on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Charlotte Regula - Spiralzooid Form and Function within Hydractinia Spp. Colonies Encrusting Pagurus Hermit Crab Shells.
  • Emily Rosser - Effects of Marine Reserve Protection and Fishing Pressure on Reef Fish Trophic Communities of the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Jay Williams - The Use of Steroid Hormone Concentrations to Determine the Reproductive Cyclicity of the Little Skate, Leucoraja erinacea, in the Western Gulf of Maine.
  • Angela Cicia - Assessing discard survivability and the physiological effects to capture on four skates species within the Northwest Atlantic
  • Caitlyn Little - Movement patterns and habitat utilization of Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) in the Saco River, Maine
  • Jocelyn Brown-Saracino - Effects of Unique Topographical Features on Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Breeding Behavior.
  • Andy Dutra - Toxic and Bioluminescent Dinoflagellates:  Molecular and Ecological Importance.
  • Dashiell Pappas - Diet of Gray Seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Penobscot Bay, Maine, Evaluated Through Hard Part Analysis and Fecal DNA
  • Nina Hamacher - Identification of Melanopsin in the Retina of Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) by Insitu Hybridization.
  • Melissa Smith - Distribution, Feeding Ecology and Habitat Usage of Monkfish Within the Western Gulf of Maine Closures Area (WMGCA).
  • Joseph Sungail - Interspecific Competition for Food Resources Between Juvenile Life Stages of American Lobsters (Homarus americanus), Rock Crabs (Cancer irroratus), and Green Crabs (Carcinus maenas).
  • Noel Takeuchi - Circulating Vitamin A and E Levels Based on Artificial Formula Consumed in Rescued Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Pups.