Judith Rosellon-Druker, a PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, School for Marine Science and Technology, has been selected to receive an American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) Clark Hubbs Research Assistance Award in the amount of $500 for excellence in graduate-level research.
Rosellon-Druker’s research examines the population dynamics of four groups of echinoderms—brittle stars, sand dollars, sea stars, and sea urchins—in both open and closed fishing areas of the Georges Bank ecosystem from 2005-2012. The study enhances current biological information toward the implementation of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management, since echinoderms are the preferred prey for some commercially targeted groundfish and invertebrate species in the area.
The Award provides a maximum of $500 for travel costs associated with presenting an original research paper or research project at a scientific meeting. Rosellon-Druker will present her paper, “Decription of echinoderm populations on Georges Bank and the potential modifying role of marine protected areas on these populations,” at the American Fisheries Society 2015 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. She was sponsored by Dr. Kevin Stokesbury of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Rosellon-Druker is a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico and received her B.S (summa cum laude) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).