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Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642

URI Graduate School of Oceanography Student
Awarded Budweiser Conservation Scholarship

Narragansett, RI -- June 13, 2003 -- URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) student Amy DeLorenzo has been awarded a scholarship as part of the third annual Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. DeLorenzo is one of fourteen scholarship winners from colleges and universities across the country.

The Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship program to support and promote innovative research or study that responds to significant challenges in fish, wildlife, and plant conservation in the United States. Over 330 applications were received representing 135 different colleges and universities in 45 states. The selection committee was composed of representatives from the American Fisheries Society, Anheuser-Busch, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Wildlife Federation, the Society for Conservation Biology, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geologic Survey, and The Wildlife Society.

A native of Cochran, Georgia, DeLorenzo now resides in Charlestown, Rhode Island. She received a B.S. in biology from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and her M.S. in biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in biological oceanography under the guidance of her major professor, Dr. Ted Durbin. Her research interests include studying the diet and habitat of right whales at Cape Cod Bay, Maine, comparing her results with existing conditions at other known feeding grounds for these critically endangered whales in the northern hemisphere. The results are anticipated to provide important new information on the nutritional intake of right whales, the annual variability in their nutritional intake and the extent to which yearly variations in food intake are correlated with reproduction.

"It’s wonderful that I was awarded this grant," said DeLorenzo, "not only because it will help immensely with finishing the research for my thesis, but also because it validates the need for and importance of this type of work to protect the endangered right whale."

The scholarship program is supported by funding from Anheuser-Busch, NOAA, and the National Whale Conservation Fund, a special conservation program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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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