Elizabeth Ells, a PhD candidate at UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Technology & Science (SMAST), is the recipient of the Barnstable Association for Recreational Shellfishing, Inc. (BARS) Scholarship for her work on Thorpe sorting using MATLAB.
Established in 2016 by BARS and UMass Dartmouth, the annual fund is awarded to a graduate-level student who has achieved a grade point average of 3.2 or higher and resides in Massachusetts, preferably Barnstable. BARS began an endowment for promising ocean researchers.
Thorpe sorting involves looking at density profiles and making a scale of the length of the overturns by turning a profile with inversions into one without and measuring the displacement. Ells is advised by Professors Brian Howes and Miles Sundermeyer of the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Sciences at SMAST. She earned her BS degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Construction Management from Norwich University.