Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer is here and BREAM is out on the water more than ever!

Jessie Hallett, BREAM Research Assistant,
exploring patch reefs in Bermuda's North Lagoon

This summer BREAM has several graduate students, funded by BZS, ACP and OTEP, taking part in a range of research projects.

Matt Ajemian, from the University of South Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, is returning for his third year of BZS-funded PhD research into the population assessment and feeding ecology of spotted eagle rays. His primary advisor is Dr. Sean Powers.

Brittany Huntington is returning for her second year of ACP-funding with her PhD project which examines patch reef ecology and interactions between parrotfish and corals. Brittany goes to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, and is in Dr. Diego Lirman's lab.

Katherine Yates joins us for the first time, on an OTEP-funded project to survey the forereef habitats of the Bermuda platform and develop a reliminary spatial management plan for the reefs, as part of her Masters project at York University with Dr. Callum Roberts.

We are also lucky to have the assistance of Claire Grenfell, a Bermudian undergraduate who received Bda. Govt. Summer Employment funding, and who attends Queens University. Claire is helping us as a field and boat assistant.