2016 ANNUAL MEETING STUDENT AWARDS

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION

Dorothy Horn, California State University, Channel Islands
PERVASIVE PLASTICS: A NEW CHALLENGE FOR CRABS AND OUR SANDY BEACH ECOSYSTEM.

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION - HONORABLE MENTIONS

Carly Creley, California State University, Los Angeles
CHANGES IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE EASTERN GRAY SQUIRREL, SCIURUS CAROLINENSIS, IN CALIFORNIA FROM 1900-2014 WITH PROJECTIONS OF ITS FUTURE RANGE

Caitlin McGarigal, California State University, Long Beach
PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ANGLING AND HANDLING STRESS ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA KELP BASS, PARALABRAX CLATHRATUS.

Haley Gause, California State University, Long Beach
ASSESSING THE VIRULENCE POTENTIAL OF THE TACHYZOITE STAGE OF THE APICOMPLEXAN PARASITE, TOXOPLASMA GONDII, WHILE EXPOSED TO SEAWATER CONDITIONS

BEST STUDENT POSTER

Caitlin Sojka, California State University, Long Beach
PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY IN FEEDING STRUCTURES IN PRE-FEEDING LARVAE OF ECHINOID AND ASTEROID ECHINODERMS.

BEST STUDENT POSTER - HONORABLE MENTIONS

Hannah Munkacsi, Occidental College
MOLECULAR ECOLOGY OF ASCAROPHIS (SIMILASCAROPHIS) SP. (NEMATODA: CYSTIDICOLIDAE) FROM FISH AND CRUSTACEAN HOSTS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, MEXICO AND CHILE.

Annie Jean Rendleman, California State University, Long Beach
ENERGETIC EFFICIENCY OF GROWTH IN MORPHOLOGICALLY DIFFERENT LARVAL SEA URCHINS.

Jessica Peria, California State University, Long Beach
SALINITY TOLERANCE OF LARVAE, JUVENILES, AND ADULTS OF THE NONINDIGENOUS ANNELID FICOPOMATUS ENIGMATICUS.

2015 ANNUAL MEETING STUDENT AWARDS

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION

Michelle Barton, California State University, Long Beach
Nest site selection of the light-footed ridgway rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) in two southern California salt marshes.

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION HONORABLE MENTIONS

Stephanie Benseman, California State University, Northridge
Distribution and growth estimates of young-of-the-year of giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas, off southern California.

Christopher DeMarco, California State University, Los Angeles
Conservation of the western gray squirrel in Griffith Park through non-invasive genetic sampling with mtDNA and microsatellite analysis.

Emily Meese, California State University, Long Beach
Spatial distribution, habitat selection, and effects of temperature on resting benthic elasmobranchs at Big Fisherman's Cove, Santa Catalina Island.

Fernando Salgado, California State University, Long Beach
Assessing the functional overlap of ion homeostasis, pH regulation, and survival and infectivity in the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

BEST STUDENT POSTER

Joshua McKinley, California State University, Fullerton
Feeding behavior of Anthopleura elegantissima after low tide exposure.

BEST STUDENT POSTER - HONORABLE MENTIONS

Alexander Lepicier and Juan Julian (JJ) Baraja, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Do coyotes (Canis latrans) residing on the Palos Verdes Peninsula select different prey as a result of residing in a wild land-urban interface?

Arthur Barraza, California State University, Fullerton
The reproductive morphology of male black perch Embiotoca jacksoni.

Morgan Brown, California State University, Long Beach
Relationship of Sphaeroma quoyanum to native invertebrate community and sediment dynamics in a southern California salt marsh.

2014 ANNUAL MEETING STUDENT AWARDS

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION

Parker H. House, California State University, Northridge Fishing impacts on the trophic structure of kelp forest fishes in southern California.

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATION HONORABLE MENTIONS

Jessica Y. Chen, University of Southern California Uncovering the genomic basis of Drosophila melanogaster resistance to fungal parasites.

Alyssa Leicht, California State University, Fullerton Comparison of diets and dietary sampling methods for nesting California least terns (Sternula antillarum browni) at Alameda Point in San Francisco Bay, and Purisima Point on the central California coast.

Cristy A. Rice, California State University, Fullerton Reclassification of California pipefishes (Syngnathidae).

BEST STUDENT POSTER

Aaron Cohodas, California State University, Fullerton Changes of hyperspectral reflectance and photosynthesis in Ambrosia dumosa following supplemental nitrogen additions.

BEST STUDENT POSTER - HONORABLE MENTIONS

Stephanie A. Benseman, California State University, Northridge Distribution and growth estimates of young-of-the-year giant sea bass, Stereolepis gigas, off southern California.

Derek M. Field, California Lutheran University A three dimensional comparison of ontogeny in two morphotypes of Cambrian agnostid arthropods.

Emily N. Meese, California State University, Long Beach Spatial distribution, habitat selection, and effects of temperature on elasmobranch species at Big Fisherman's Cove, Santa Catalina Island, CA.

Janessa Moreno, California State University, Channel Islands Age-based trends in habitat choice in humpback whale calves in Hawaiian waters.

2013 ANNUAL MEETING STUDENT WINNERS

2013 BEST STUDENT PAPER

***TIE***

Tania S. Asef, CSULB
Associating Genetically Diverse Tamarisk Invaders with their Impacts in a Salt Marsh Ecosystem

Adrienne B. Mora, UC Riverside
Infection with the Probolocoryphe Uca Trematode Associated with Increased Courtship Effort but not Claw Brightness in the California Fiddler Crab, Uca crenulata

2013 BEST STUDENT PAPER - HONORABLE MENTIONS

Justin E. Smith, CSUF
Divergent Species Yet Rare Lineages: Niche Modeling of 20 Endangered California Taxa and their Closest Relatives - Implications for Conservation

Brian Gray, UC Riverside
How does the Evolutionary Loss of a Sexual Signal Affect the Age Structure of Field Cricket Populations Subject to an Acoustically Orienting Parasitoid Fly?

2013 BEST STUDENT POSTERS

Martha P. Ahlstrom, CSUN
Post-Station Fire Debris Flow Analysis in the San Gabriel Mountains

Kim L. Conway, CSUF
Determinants of Bot Fly Infestation in Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrels in Colorado Shortgrass Steppe

Cristy A. Rice, CSUF
Morphological Characterization of Southern California Pipefish (Family Syngnathidae)

Caroline Opene, CSULB
The Temporal Expression of Genes Implicated in the Formation of the Embryonic Skeleton in Ophiocoma wendtii