URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Student Honored for Research
Narragansett, R.I. -- March 10, 2000 -- At the winter meeting of the
Southern New England Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Narragansett,
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) doctoral
candidate Catalina Martinez won the Saul B. Saila Best Student Paper
Award. Her paper, "Taking a Gander at Goosefish Reproduction,"
describes the stages of reproductive growth of the goosefish (or monkfish)
to assist fisheries managers in the development of an updated minimum catch
size. The paper was co-authored by Jennifer Specker and R.R. Merson. Her
research, conducted under the guidance of Specker, was funded by the URI/NOAA
Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program.
The Saila Award for Best Student Paper was established in honor of GSO
faculty emeritus Saul Saila, a world-renown fisheries biologist who came
to URI in 1956 and retired in 1988. Criteria for this award includes quality
of scientific content and clarity and professionalism of presentation.
Raised in Providence and currently living in Kingston, Martinez was admitted
to the Ph.D. program at GSO after receiving her B.S. in zoology from URI
in 1996. She received the URI Alpha Award in 1996 and 1997 in recognition
of her outstanding research accomplishment in zoology and the URI President's
Award in 1997 for student excellence in zoology. Martinez was awarded a
National Science Foundation Marine and Environmental Graduate Teaching Fellowship
for next year and will be working in an alternative middle school in Providence.
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