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The following are the judges’ selections for the best student posters and presentations.


Undergraduate Winner:

  • Thomas Parker (California State University Fullerton), “Recruitment, Survival, and Growth of Ostrea lurida and Crassostrea gigas as a Function of Tidal Height”

Undergraduate Honorable Mention:

  • Kyle Mundy (California State University Monterey Bay), “Effects of Lipid and Chitin Removal on Stable Isotope Ratios in Krill”
  • Kelsey Swieca (Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon), “Are Juvenile Pisaster ochraceus Likely to Restore Adult Populations Post Seastar Wasting Syndrome?”

Graduate Winner:

  • Emily Jones (Coastal and Marine Institute, San Diego State University, and Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis), “Geographic Variation in the Sensitivity of an Herbivore-Induced Seaweed Defense”

Graduate Honorable Mention:

  • Daniel Swezey (Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis), “Bryozoan Morphology and Mineralogy in a High-CO2 Ocean: Plastic Responses and New Oceanographic Proxies”


Applied Ecology / Conservation Biology (Mia Tegner Award)


  • Whitney Goodell (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), “Juvenile Fish Habitats: Integrating Science, GIS, and Local Knowledge to Inform Community-Based Management in Hā’ena, Kaua’i”

Honorable Mention:

  • Eva Schemmel (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), “Integrating Local Monitoring and Ecological Knowledge with Scientific Tools for Local Stewardship and Fisheries Management”
  • Olivia Rhoades (Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis), “Impacts of Fishing and Scuba Diving on Fish Flight Responses in Marine Reserves”

Community and Ecosystem Ecology


  • Andrew Shantz (Florida International University), “Global Nutrient Loading Jeopardizes the Performance of Key Nutrient-Sharing Mutualisms”

Honorable Mention:

  •  Nyssa Silbiger (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa), “The Coral Reef Balancing Act: Accretion and Erosion along a Natural Environmental Gradient”

Population and Organismal Ecology


  • Brittany Jellison (Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis), “Acidified Seawater Impairs Anti-Predator Responses of An Intertidal Snail”

Honorable Mention:

  • Amanda Pettersen (Monash University), “Does Metabolism Scale with Offspring Size?”