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URI Graduate School of Oceanography student
wins American Fisheries Society Award

David Taylor Narragansett, R.I. -- February 4, 2003 -- At a recent annual conference of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) in Baltimore, Maryland, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) doctoral candidate David Taylor won the Outstanding Student Paper Award.

His paper, "Detecting juvenile winter flounder in the stomachs of invertebrate predators with the uchterlony double-diffusion immunoassay," presents the development of innovative techniques to identify the diet of crustacean predators.

Taylor’s doctoral thesis examines the effect of water temperature on winter flounder population dynamics, and specifically, how temperature affects crustacean predation on the early-life stages of flounder.

"In my future research endeavors I hope to continue investigating anthropogenic impacts on marine and coastal systems, primarily through effects on trophic interactions and how this ultimately influences the structure and function of communities at the ecosystem level," said Taylor. "Moreover, I want to continue to integrate ecological studies with other biological disciplines, namely molecular biology and biochemistry."

The American Fisheries Society, founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages a comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training.

Taylor received his B.A. in biology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and in 1999, he graduated with a Masters of Science in Marine Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and currently lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The URI Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the country's largest marine science education programs, and one of the world's foremost marine research institutions. Founded in 1961 in Narragansett, RI, GSO serves a community of scientists who are researching the causes of and solutions to such problems as acid rain, harmful algal blooms, global warming, air and water pollution, oil spills, overfishing, and coastal erosion. GSO is home to the Coastal Institute, the Coastal Resources Center, Rhode Island Sea Grant, the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography, and the National Sea Grant Library.

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