Capstones from 2018


Capstone: Next Generation Sequencing Methods for Coastal Zone Water Quality Monitoring, Catherine Iskrenko


Capstone: Toxicological Effects of Commercial Sunscreens on Coral Reef Ecosystems: New Protocols for Coral Restoration, Emilie C. Johnsen


Capstone: Meta-Analytic Summary of Parasites and Diseases of Elasmobranchs Found in Florida Waters, Alexis S. Modzelesky


Capstone: Biological and Abiotic Factors Influencing Cetacean Mass Strandings in the Northeastern United States, Octavia Williams

Capstones from 2017


Capstone: Geospatial analysis of Tursiops truncatus, Common Bottlenose Dolphin, from NOAA cetacean stranding data in Florida to explore human fishery impacts, Jamie S. Ahn


Capstone: Shark Bycatch in Commercial Fisheries: A Global Perspective, Stephanie M. Bettis


Capstone: Reconciling the Challenge of Aphanic Species Within Marine Conservation, Kerri L. Bolow


Capstone: Analysis of Diagnostic, Preventive, and Disease-Modifying Therapeutic Measures of Alzheimer’s Disease, Ghazal Habib Havoutis


Capstone: Pros and Cons of Marine Zoological Parks According to Marine Conservationists, Kayla L. Patama


Capstone: Using Knowledge of Shark Biology and Behavior to Inform Management and Conservation Efforts for the Globally Distributed and Fishery Exploited Shortfin Mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), Mark Rubinas

Capstones from 2016


Capstone: Using GIS to Predict Cetacean Strandings Related to Harmful Algal Blooms, Jessica L. Boyd


Capstone: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words: Using Anecdotal Data and Photographic Evidence to Obtain Baseline Data for Southeast Florida Reefs, Catherine Brady


Capstone: Temporal and Spatial Distribution of Cetacean Strandings Focusing On The Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus) with a Synthesis of Potential Causes, April D. Clark

Capstone: Review of Review of Environmental Indicators of Brown Tides in the Peconic Estuary, Michael I. Cohen

Capstone: To Remove the Hook or Not: Experimental Degradation of Fishhooks and Implications to Catch-and-Release Angling and Commercial Fishing Applications, John W. Coker

Capstone: Evaluation of Time-Area Closures in the United States as a Management Measure for Highly Migratory Species Fisheries of the Atlantic Ocean, Julian Kurt Douglas

Capstone: The Effect of Mercury on Odontocetes and Their Importance as Marine Ecosystem Indicators, Lindsay Franco

Capstone: Sea Turtle Conservation: Reviewing the Efficacy of Land- and Sea-based Management Strategies for Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) Sea Turtles, Glenn D. Goodwin

Capstone: Are We Managing the Wrong Thing? Importance on Different Life-Stages in Reef Corals, Beranda S. Harper

Capstone: Adult Male Dungeness Crab (Metacarcinus magister) Movements near Reedsport, Oregon; A Collaborative Mark-Reacpture Study, Kaety Jacobson

Capstone: Comparative Study on Behavior Of Common Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Short-Beaked Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis) in the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, Greece, Kristyn M. Kleman

Capstone: Marine Debris in Coastal Habitats: Can Environmental Protection Reduce Fishing and Non-Fishing Debris?, Morgan Knowles

Capstone: A History of Research in the Bathypelagic Realm: Earth's Largest Habitat, Howard Kendall Lord

Capstone: Fibropapillomatosis in Marine Turtles: A Comprehensive Review, Samantha L. McCorkle

Capstone: An Overview of the Global Shark Fin Trade with Emphasis on Monitoring Methods, Julie McNulty


Capstone: Increasing Shipping Traffic through the Bering Strait: Challenges of International Policy in a Rapidly Changing Climate and Managing Impacts to Regional Cetacean Populations, Laura Morse

Capstone: A Review of the Taxonomy, Biology and Conservation Status of the Spotted Eagle Ray, Aetobatus sp., Species Complex, Amy M. Neville

Capstone: Effects of Dredging on Seagrass Communities Adjacent to the Port of Miami 2005-2016, Emily Marie Powell


Capstone: A Review of Present and Alternative Lionfish Controls in the Western Atlantic, Adam Rittermann

Capstone: Marine Environmental Law, Policy and Security Amid Arctic Climate Change: Cooperation and Conflict in Creating a Pan-Arctic Marine Protected Area Network, Melodee A. Smith

Capstones from 2015

Capstone: Techniques in the Characterization and Annotation of Hypothetical Functional and Regulatory Genes in Marine Microbial Genomes, Shira Jaye Anteby-Maleh

Capstone: Ecology, Status and Conservation of the White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, in the Mediterranean Sea, Ginevra Boldrocchi

Capstone: Implementing marine protected areas to sustain fishing productivity in South Florida: an examination of the Research Natural Area Science Plan in the Dry Tortugas region, Nicholas B. Casper

Capstone: Role of Microplastics in the Biomagnification of PBTs in Marine Organisms, Kruti Desai

Capstone: Climate Change Risks, Ecosystem Feedback, Vulnerability and Resilience In Urbanized Coastal Zones, Daniel M. Gnatz

Capstone: Comparison of Enterococcus Measurements in Western Broward County, FL by Membrane Filtration Culture Analysis and Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction, Patricia Holowecky

Capstone: Assessing Marine Pollution Through Heavy Metal Uptake in Seagrass, Jacob D. James

Capstone: Social Interactions Between Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and Antillean Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Belize, Brittany Kaitlyn Knowles

Capstone: Florida Reef Tract Scleractinian Coral Species-Specific Response to Sedimentation Stress, Amanda M. Montgomery

Capstone: Anthropogenic Drivers of Harmful Algal Blooms, Specifically Microcystin, From Fresh to Marine Environments, Justine Pogge

Capstone: The Effects of Cold-Stress Syndrome and Harmful Algal Blooms Leading to Stress in the Species Trichechus manatus latirostris, Amanda Poland

Capstone: River Diversions and Wetland Loss of the Mississippi River Delta and the Associated Effects on Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in Louisiana, USA, Rachel Rhode

Capstone: Eribulin Mesylate for the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer, Abelardo Vernaza


Capstone: Climate Change Resilience and Socioeconomic Impacts of MPAs and MPA Networks in the Caribbean - Case Study: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Management of MPAs and Coastal Zones in the Dominican Republic, Andrea Isabella Vogel

Capstone: Marine Protected Area Networks and Cetaceans: The Importance of Stakeholder Group Participation in Planning and Implementation, Arthina Zorrilla

Capstones from 2014

Capstone: Effects of Naval SONAR on Marine Mammals and Recommendations for Reducing Deleterious Impacts, Veronica Bailey

Capstone: Are Scyphozoan Blooms Increasing? Causes and Consequences, Caitlin Banigan

Capstone: The Effect of PAH’S, POP’S and Heavy Metals on Coastal Zooplankton (Copepods, Crab Zoea, Shrimp Megalopes), Cornelius Benjamin

Capstone: The Influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), on Loggerhead Nesting Seasons in Broward County, FL, USA, Eric Carlson

Capstone: Fate and Potential Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Commercial Penaeid Shrimp, Alyse C. Howell

Capstone: The Penobscot River Restoration Trust and the Return of Alewife and Blueback Herring, Alosa pseudoharengus and A. aestivalis, in the Penobscot River, Maine, Victoria A. Klima

Capstone: A Review of Sea Turtle Bycatch and Turtle Excluder Devices in the Shrimp Trawl Fishery, Amanda R. Lankenau

Capstone: Progress and Current State of High-Throughput Sequencing Technology, Jonathan Lanzas

Capstone: Delineation of Water Masses in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and Mediterranean Sea Using Stable Oxygen Isotope Ratios, Nicholas L. Ledra

Capstone: Evolutionary Perspectives on Chemical Defense in Nudibranch Gastropods (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia), Alexandra Lee

Capstone: Implications of Size and Age in Massive Scleractinian Coral Growth Assessment, Elizabeth Mullikin

Capstone: Gulf of Mexico Oil Spills: A Review of the Threats to the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), Michelle Pasawicz

Capstone: The Effects of Freshwater Inflow on Florida Bay and the Proliferation and Persistence of Algal Blooms, Jennifer Ramos


Capstone: A Review of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Vocalizations and an Investigation into the Existence of Signature Whistles in a Captive Dolphin Population, Gillian Reily

Capstone: A Review of Reproductive Behavior of the Sand Tiger Shark (Carcharias taurus) with Special Emphasis on Captive Sharks at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, Elizabeth Schneble

Capstone: Persistent Heavy Metal Pollution from Anthropogenic Practices in Emerging Market Economies, Clark Schoonover

Capstone: The Potential Use of Artificial Reefs Within Marine Protected Areas to Enhance Fisheries and MPA Effectiveness, Elizabeth Simpson

Capstone: What’s in a Shark’s Apatite? Methodologies to Assess Elasmobranch Feeding Behavior, Identification, and Tooth Replacement with an SEM Laboratory Study of Shark Tooth Wear, Daniel Smith

Capstone: The Impact of Sea Turtle Chemoreception, Foraging Ecology, and Vision on Their Bycatch in Longline Fisheries, Amanda Sylvester

Capstone: A Review of the Best Practices for the Live Release of Elasmobranchs in Commercial Fisheries, Lacie Jayne Thornton

Capstone: Effects of Persistent Marine Pollutants on Lactation in the Suborder Pinnipedia: A Literature Review, Joyce Dara Varela

Capstones from 2013

Capstone: The Use of Forest Restoration Techniques in the Restoration of Coral Reefs, Tiffany Babcock

Capstone: Environmental Policy, Marine Mammals, and Active Sonar: Investigating the Problems and Finding the Solutions, Amy Biedenbach

Capstone: Assessing Water Quality Management of the Puget Sound, Jacob A. Blair

Capstone: Evolution and Future Management of Marine Protected Areas, Alexandra Rak Canepa


Capstone: A Review of Predator-Prey Interactions within Marine Ecosystems with a Focus on Top Predator Influences on Ecosystem Stability and Fisheries Management Implications, Kathleen Cook Hollowell

Capstone: Microbial Degradation and Bioremediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminants, Kaitlin De'Aeth

Capstone: A Review of the Economic Importance, Engineering Techniques and Federal Management Strategies Related to Coastal Stabilization in the United States, Christopher K. Dougherty

Capstone: Quantitative Microbial Assessment in Marine Organisms: Applications and Methodologies, Dawn Formica

Capstone: Fate and Effects of Oil Spill Dispersants Particular Reference to the Deep Water Horizon Gulf of Mexico Spill, Gail George

Capstone: A Review of Florida's Manatee Protection: Recommendations for Unifying/Standardizing Boat Facility Siting Plans within Manatee Subpopulation Zones, Thaddeus J. Kendziora

Capstone: Creating an Index to Predict Successful Coral Reef Restoration: The Restoration Potential Index, Michael Kizzar

Capstone: A Comprehensive Literature Review and Assessment of The Clean Marina Program in the State of Florida, Rachel D. Krasna

Capstone: A Review of Lobomycosis (Lacazia loboi) and its Role as an Environmental Indicator, Ashley Lancaster Burgos

Capstone: Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: A Literature Review of Causes, Impacts, and Management of Nutrient Loading in the Mississippi River-Atchafalaya River Basin (MARB) Watershed, Dawn E. McCullough

Capstone: Examining the Role of Marine Protected Areas in Conservation and a Model for Effective Management, Alma Meyer

Capstone: Utilizing Real-Time PCR to Determine Microbial Indicators of Human Pollution: Waste Water Management, Ashley B. Miller

Capstone: Seabird Foraging Ecology in Polar, Temperate, and Tropical Ecosystems, Melissa Paschke

Capstone: Zooplankton, Lipids and a Changing World, Julio Perez

Capstone: Cooperative Foraging in Cetaceans: A Literature Review, Renae Poole

Capstone: Comprehensive Literature Review on the Optimal Production of Naturally Produced Astaxanthin from Haematococcus pluvialis, Jenna N. Soulliere

Capstone: Using Teleost Histopathology as a Biomarker for Monitoring Aquatic Pollution, James Telle

Capstone: Lunar Effects on Sea Turtle Nesting Periodicities in Broward County, Florida, Laura J. Wright

Capstones from 2012

Capstone: Shoreline Change Caused by Sea Level Rise Over the Next 100 Years –Predictions, Economics, and Policy: Broward County, Florida, Natalie Anne Hall

Capstone: Scleractinian Coral Evolution, Resilience and Disease with a Histological Study of Dark Spot in Agaricia agaricities and Siderastrea siderea, Stephanie Hayes

Capstone: A Review of Faunal Responses to Seagrass Habitat Impacts and the Effect of Mechanical Anthropogenic Disturbances, Allison N. Hill

Capstone: Structure and Function of Symbiodinium sp. in Marine Invertebrates, Joseph C. Iacovazzi

Capstone: Effects of Climate Change and North Atlantic Oscillation on Arctic Ice Melting and the North Atlantic Marine Ecosystem, Christopher Kul

Capstone: Investigating the Role of Biofilms in Pathogenic Infections, Sandhya Kumar

Capstone: The Effects of Ocean Outfalls in the Marine Environment, Iman Olguin-Lira

Capstone: Vascular Corrosion Casting: Review of Resin Types, Techniques, Cast Examination and its Application to the Study of Fish Physiology, Mark P. Rogers

Capstone: Comparison of Internal Olfactory Anatomy Between Teleost and Elasmobranch Fishes, Kristyn Rubertus

Capstone: The Impacts of Deforestation on the Ecological and Economic Goods and Services Provided by Mangrove Ecosystems, John F. Seubert

Capstone: Flagship Down: An Analysis of Factors that Contributed to the Extinction of the Chinese River Dolphin, the Baiji, Laura Veverka

Capstone: The Effects of Physical Barriers on Nesting Behavior and Nesting Success in Loggerhead Turtle, Caretta caretta, Green Turtle, Chelonia mydas, and Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea in South Florida, USA, Samantha Woodward