Kayland Huckaby

Kayland Huckaby

NOAA-EPP LMRCSC Doctoral Graduate
Ph.D., Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Kayland Huckaby is an LMRCSC Ph.D. Fellow working under the supervision of mentor Dr. Paulinus Chigbu on a collaborative project with NOAA SEFSC dealing with assessment of diet and trophic interactions of Forage Species in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The study will be complementary to the SEFSC’s ongoing project on variations in the condition and energy densities of forage species in relation to latitude, season and year in the Gulf of Mexico. Her career plans include research in diet studies, conservation, and fisheries science.

Research Theme: Healthy Habitats

NOAA LMRCSC Fellows attain the NOAA Core Competencies detailed in this rubric.

NERTO Project Title:  Diet and trophic level analysis of groundfish species in the northern Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Mentors: Drs. Glenn Zapfe & Frank Hernandez

Academic Advisor: Dr. Paulinus Chigbu


  1. Huckaby K, Mullins C, White R, Sayre B, Younkin J, Witiak S. VA. 2023. Comparison Study of Coupled vs. Decoupled Aquaponic System: Crop Quantity and Quality. Presented at American Fisheries Society 153rd Annual Meeting. August 19-24, 2023. Grand Rapids, MI. Oral Presentation.

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
(410) 651-7870
Award numbers: FY 2021 Award #NA21SEC4810005
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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