Eighth Annual Graduate Student Symposium


On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the College of the Coast and Environment will host the Eighth Annual Graduate Student Symposium in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium. Nine graduate students will be presenting their research conducted toward the fulfillment of a degree within the College. These talks will be judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and students. There will be 3 winners. First place will receive a cash award of $500. Second place will receive a cash award of $300. Third place will receive a cash award of $200.

The program will proceed as follow:

Quick introduction from Associate Dean, Dr. Richard Shaw

1:00 – Soroush Sorourian – Application of Unstructured Grid Finite-Volume Surface Wave Model (FVCOM-SWAVE) to the Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico

1:15 – Tess Danielson – Long-term Mangrove Production and Demography in the Florida Coastal Everglades: Response to Hurricane Disturbance and Resilience Magnitude

1:30 – Ishan Joshi – Assessing Physical Controls on Dissolved Organic Matter in Apalachicola Bay Using Combined Field Observations, Ocean Color, and Model Studies

1:45 – Beth LaBone – Modeling the Effects of Hypoxia on Fish Movement in the Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone

2:00 – Brian Levine – Impacts of the Long-Term Presence of Buried Crude Oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Spill on Salt Marsh Denitrification in Barataria Bay, LA

2:15 – Giovanna McClenachan – Documenting Marsh Shoreline Erosion Over Days, Months and a Year: The Legacy Effects of Disturbances

2:30 – Heng Cai – Modeling Community Resilience to Coastal Hazards in the Lower Mississippi River Basin

2:45 – Ahsennur Soysal – Studying the Fox Population in Baton Rouge Using Social Media

3:00 – Adrian Wiegman – Quantifying Variability in Water Level and Mineral Sediment in Louisiana Microtidal Wetlands with Application to Marsh Equilibrium Models (MEM).