Capstones from 2020


Capstone: Symbiosis and Bioinvasive Dynamics of Durusdinium trenchii and its Acroporid Coral Hosts, David Craig Lawson


Capstone: A Survey of the Order Tetraodontiformes on Coral Reef Habitats in Southeast Florida, Anne C. Sevon

Capstones from 2019


Capstone: Factors Contributing to the Success of Restored Oyster Reefs in the Choptank River of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Tara L. Bardar


Capstone: A Review of the Global Commercial Cephalopod Fishery, with a Focus on Apparent Expansion, Changing Environments, and Management, Corey Clark


Capstone: Barrier Layer Impact on Rapid Intensification of Hurricanes (2000-2018) in the Atlantic Ocean, J. Gaston Hayworth


Capstone: An Analysis of the Potential Toxicological Effects of Marine Plastics and Associated Organic and Inorganic Toxic Compounds on Six Commercially Significant Fishery Species, Nicole Marie Jackson


Capstone: Arctic Thaw: Environmental Exploitation for Economic Profit, Stephen F. Moulton


Capstone: A Risk Analysis of Microplastic Consumption in Filter Feeders, Sheri Rahman

Capstones from 2018


Capstone: Attributing Accelerated Increases in Salinity in the Mediterranean Coastal Zone to Climate Change and Seawater Desalination Brine and the Resultant Unsustainability of Modern Desalination Technology, Brandon W. Harper


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: Effects of Age, Mass, and Terrestrial Duration on Oxygen Store Development in Phocids and Otariids, Rachael M. Stevenson


Capstone: Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) Horizontal Movements in the Western South Atlantic, Eduardo W. Wanick


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 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: Ocean Current Measurements: Challenges and Opportunities in the Florida Current, William E. Baxley

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