Best Student Paper

(also known as the “Jack Dequine” Award)


Best: Taylor Dluzniewski (UF/FWC)- Investigating Drivers of Seasonal Shifts in Fish Abundance in the Homosassa River System

Runner-up: Gina Alvarez (UGA): Using Video Surveys to Examine the Effect of Habitat on Gag Occurrence


Best: Kailee Schulz (University of Florida), P.Stevens, J. Hill, A. Trotter, J.Ritch, J.Patterson, and Q. Tuckett. Exploring Fisheries Aspects of Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in Tampa Bay.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Lipscomb (University of Florida), A. Wood, S. Ramee, M.DiMaggio. Characterization of Larval Digestive System Ontogeny in Gymnocorymbus ternetzi: Progress Toward Feeding Optimization.


Best: Geoff Smith (UF), and D. Murie. Potential impacts of non-native Pike Killifish on juvenile Common Snook.

Runner-up (tie): Chris Malinowski (FSU), F.C. Coleman, and C.C. Koenig. High mercury levels in the Atlantic Goliath Grouper Epinephelus itajara: a critically endangered species being reconsidered for a fishery in the southeastern United States.

Runner-up (tie): Aaron Hasenei (Nova Southeastern), R.W. Brill, A.Z. Horodysky, and D.W. Kerstetter. Metabolic physiology and hypoxia tolerance of Lionfish Pterois spp. using stop-flow respirometry: Are there physiological limits to inshore invasion?


Best: Chelsey Crandall (University of Florida), T. Garlock, and K. Lorenzen. Understanding barotrauma mitigation behavior of fishers and promoting effective practices: A theory of planned behavior approach.

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Granneman (University of South Florida), D. Jones, S. Murawski, and E. Peebles. Association of Oil-related Trace Metals with Lesioned Fish Collected after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster.


Best: Nicholas Ducharme-Barth (University of Florida). Classifying VMS Data in Gulf of Mexico Reef Fisheries: Model Selection and Evaluation.

Runner-up: Chelsey Crandall (University of Florida), K. Lorenzen, J. Struve, and J. Dutka-Gianelli.  Helplessness, hope and reasonable people: understanding angler feelings toward management.


Best: Ed Camp (University of Florida), K. Lorenzen, R. Ahrens, M. Allen. Evaluation of potential stock enhancement of Florida’s red drum recreational fishery: an integrated modeling approach

Runner-up: Amy Wallace (University of South Florida), D. Hollander, and E. Peebles. Stable isotopes in fish eye lenses as internal recorders of geographic site fidelity and movement


Best: Ross Boucek (Florida International University), and J. Rehage. The power of the 1%: interactive impacts of extreme and episodic disturbances drive unexpected changes to mangrove fish communities

Runner-up: Kevin Mack (Eckerd College), and P. Key. Lethal and sublethal effects of caffeine and chlorpyrifos, individually and in combination, on Palaemonetes pugio


Best: Andrew Barbour (University of Florida), R. Boucek, and A. Adams. Effect of pulsed gastric lavage on apparent survival of a juvenile fish in a natural system

Runner-up: Linda Lombardi (University of Florida), and H. Lyon. Evidence for hermaphroditism in Golden Tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps)


Best: Geoff Smith (MS, University of Florida), D. Murie, and D. Parkyn. Non-Lethal sexing and implications of sex ratio on population dynamics of Greater Amberjack, Seriola dumerili.

Honorable Mention: Felipe Carvalho (PhD, University of Florida, D.J. Murie, F.H.V. Hazin, H.G. Hazin, and G.H. Burgess. Spatial predictions of blue shark catch per unit of effort (CPUE) and catch probability of juveniles in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.


Best: Matt Catalano (PhD Candidate, University of Florida). Bonvechio, K., M. Catalano, R. E. Sawyers, and S. Crawford. Determining Electofishing Sample Size for Monitoring Fish Communities in Three Florida Lakes.

Honorable Mention(s): Caroline Storer (Undergraduate, Eckerd College). Storer, C.G., R.C. Harbeitner, A. Rickli- Rahman, N.W. Van Bibber, and W.A. Szelistowski. Molecular population structure and biogeography of the Gulf Pipefish, Syngnathus scovelli, in Florida waters.

Jake Tetzlaff (PhD, University of Florida). Tetzlaff, J.C, W.E. Pine,III, and T.K. Frazer. Movement and Habitat Use of Three Florida Riverine Fish Species.


Shepard, K., W.F. Patterson, III, D.A. Devries, and C. Palmer. Estimating the contribution of Atlantic king mackerel Scomberomorous cavalla to winter mixed-stock fisheries in south Florida.

Runner-up: Huebert, K.B. and S. Sponaugle. Swimming trajectories of settlement-stage coral reef fish larvae in the Florida Keys


Dotson, J., M. S. Allen, W. E. Pine, III, M. Hale and B. Johnson. Effects of Commercial Gill Net Bycatch on Black Crappie Abundance and Angler Catch at Lake Dora, Florida

Runner-up: Catalano, M. J., L.G. Coggins Jr, M. S. Allen, W. E. Pine, III, C. J. Walters. Effects of Discard Mortality on Fishery Sustainability and Performance.


Using acoustic telemetry to estimate natural and fishing mortality of common snook in Sarasota Bay, Florida, Jason Bennett and W.E. Pine, III

Runners-up:  Cold in the Tropics?: Implications of winter on growth and survival of age-0 Florida largemouth bass, Mark Rogers and M.S. Allen.

Distinguishing wild from hatchery produced juvenile red snapper with otolith chemistry, Suzi Gibson, W.F. Patterson, R.P. Phelps, and W.P. Patterson


Preliminary reproductive parameters of the Atlantic angel shark with a potential example of reproductive senescence, by Baremore, I. E. and J. K. Carlson.

Runner-up: Population genetics of Alabama Shad: Conservation and management implications for an anadromous species, by Bowen, B. R., B. R. Kreiser, W. T. Slack, P. F. Mickle and S. T. Ross.

Effects of artificially introduced groundwater on fish assemblages in Central Florida lakes by Patrick Cooney and Mike Allen

Runner Up: Challenging van�t Hoff�s Rule: Paradoxical Q10 responses of fishes from hyperthermic environments on Hoga Island, Sulawesi,Indonesia by John Eme and Wayne Bennett

Deeper is more devastating: The physiological effects of catastrophic decompression on red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus by Jodie Rummer and Wayne Bennett

Runner Up: Winter distribution of Gulf of Mexico sturgeon and their benthic prey resources by Julianne Harris, Darryl Parkyn, and Debra Murie

Jodie Rummer walked away with the top honor for her paper titled “Deeper is more devastating: The physiological effects of catastrophic decompression on red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus”.

Title: Plant and Fish Communities in Enhanced Littoral Areas of Lake Kissimmee, Florida Following a Major Habitat Enhancement, by Kimberly I. Tugend and Micheal S. Allen, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, The University of Florida, 7922 NW 71st St., Gainesville, FL 32653, ph: 352-392-9617 ext. 289.

Runner-up: Adverse Effects of Introduced Fishes in South Florida: What do the Data Show?, by Jeffrey E. Hill, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, 7922 NW 71st Street, Gainesville, FL 32653, ph: 352-392-9617 ext. 236, Fax: 352-846-1088.

Andrij Horodysky and Richard McBride, “Growth and Mortality of Two Populations of Ladyfish (Elops) in east-central Florida.”

Honorable Mention: A.P. Wheeler and Mike Allen, “Habitat and Diet Comparison of Largemouth Bass and Shoal Bass in the Upper Chipola River, Florida”.

Honorable Mention: M. Fougerolle and R.G. Turingan, “The Effects of Prey Type on the Feeding Biomechanics of Archosaurgus probatocephalus.”