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The Virtual Lab of Seascape Ecology provides opportunities for graduate research students to collaborate with Dr Simon Pittman on research with a seascape ecology theme. Although affiliated with several universities, the Seascape Ecology Lab currently does not have a physical lab so our collaboration is typically conducted remotely. Here you can see some of the graduate students that I have enjoyed mentoring and advising in recent years.

 

Collaborations with Graduate Research Students

 

Marianna Coppola (Ph.D. Institute of Environment 2023-2026)

Florida International University, USA

Thesis: Fish in seagrass habitats: Seascape connectivity across protected ecosystems

 

Maryam Hatami (Ph.D. Faculty of Natural Resources 2024-2027)

University of Tehran, Iran

Thesis: Developing a marine spatial planning approach incorporating seascape ecology: Application to the northern Persian Gulf

Ole Johannes Sørensen (Ph.D. School of Marine Sciences 2023-2026)

University of Haifa, Israel

Thesis: Effects of habitat traits and connectivity on fish assemblages in a rocky reef seascape

 

Courtney Stuart (Ph.D. Seascape Ecology Lab, School of Geography & the Environment 2022-2025)

University of Oxford, UK

Thesis: Seascape connectivity and land-sea nutrient flows

 

Holly Kembrey (M.Sc. Biodiversity, Conservation & Management 2022)

University of Oxford, UK

Thesis: Seascape-fish relationships and patterns of resilience in a marine protected area in the Arabian Gulf

 

Jonathan Rutter (M.Sc. Biodiversity, Conservation & Management 2022)

University of Oxford, UK

Thesis: Using fine-scale spatiotemporal overlap between albatrosses and fishing vessels to estimate exposure to bycatch risk in the high seas

 

Pirta Palola (D.Phil. Seascape Ecology Lab, School of Geography & the Environment 2022-2025)

University of Oxford, UK

Thesis: Towards integrated land-sea management: mapping and modelling ecological connectivity in tropical coastal environments

 

Courtney Stuart (MSc Biological Sciences 2020-2022)

University of Alberta, Canada

Thesis: How seascape connectivity can bolster restoration and conservation efforts in coupled coral reef-seagrass-mangrove ecosystems in the Florida Keys

 

Inaiara Sousa Siqueira da Silva (Ph.D. Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation 2020-2023)

State University of Santa Cruz, Brazil

Thesis: Fish movements and trophic linkages across coral reef ecosystems of Abrolhos Marine National Park

 

Michael Espriella (Ph.D. Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 2020-2023)

University of Florida, USA

Thesis: Seascape ecology of oyster reefs and the implications for restoration design

 

Jonathan Rodemann (Ph.D. Earth & Environment 2020-2023)

Florida International University, USA

Thesis: Movement and trophic ecology of recreational sportfish in response to human impacts to seagrass spatial configuration

 

Denise Swanborn (D.Phil. Zoology 2019-2022)

University of Oxford, UK

Thesis: Mapping mesophotic coral reef distributions at oceanic islands in the Western Indian Ocean

Arianna Liconti (M.Res. Marine Biology 2018-2019)

University of Plymouth & Marine Biological Association, UK

Thesis: A multi-source approach to identify conservation priorities for gorgonian forests in Italian coastal waters

Martha Patricia Rincón Díaz (Ph.D. 2013-2018)

Oregon State University, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, USA

Thesis: Understanding variation of functional diversity in fish assemblages as a metric to evaluate the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the U.S. Caribbean

 

Nicole Wadsworth (M.Res. Marine Biology 2017-2018)

University of Plymouth, UK

Thesis: Nursery biotope utilization: An investigative evaluation of biotope function at Egg Island, Bahamas

 

Mareike Donají Duffing Romero (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2016-2018)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: Spatial-temporal movement patterns of Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) and Lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris) in the US Virgin Islands

 

Linn Sekund (International M.Sc. Marine Biodiversity & Conservation 2014-2015)

University of Ghent, Belgium

Thesis: Explaining island-wide patterns of Caribbean fish diversity: A multi-scale seascape approach

 

Rolando Omar Santos Corujo (Ph.D. 2011-2015)

University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, USA

Thesis: Spatial dynamics of vegetated seascapes and the influence on fish and crustaceans

 

Lia Ortiz (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2010-2012)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: The social structure of the USVI fishing community: A basis for reducing fishery ecosystem and resource vulnerabilities, while improving chances for sustainability

 

Gabby Renchen (nee Folger) (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2010-2012)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: Assessing the impact of derelict fish traps in the US Virgin Islands

 

Steven Hitt (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2008-2010)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: Quantifying the migration behavior and space use patterns of Haemulon sciurus and Lutjanus apodus across US Virgin Island seascapes

 

Bryan Legare (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2009-2011)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: Juvenile Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) and Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris) Movements within two nursery areas of St. John, United States Virgin Islands (USVI)

 

Jamie Kilgo (Master of Marine Affairs 2010-2012)

University of Washington, USA

Thesis: Spatial patterns and habitat associations of targeted reef fish in and around a marine protected area in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Christina Colletti (M.Sc. Marine & Environmental Science 2008-2011)

University of the Virgin Islands, USA

Thesis: The effect of seascape structure on the spatial distribution of juvenile fish

within Benner Bay Mangrove Lagoon, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI)

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