Lucia Ramirez-Joseph

NOAA-EPP LMRCSC Master’s Graduate
M.S., Biology – Environmental Track
Hampton University

Lucia Ramirez-Joseph grew up on the island of Puerto Rico but moved to North Carolina to pursue further education. At The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she received her B.S. degree in Biology in May 2022. At UNCG, she studied the effects of urbanization on freshwater fish. Lucia joined the LMRCSC program in September 2022 as a master’s student at Hampton University. Lucia works alongside advisor Dr. Joey Reustle, where her research will focus on oyster reef restoration along the Hampton River area. With her restoration work, Lucia hopes to apply her knowledge to the declining coastal ecosystems in her home island of Puerto Rico. Lucia aspires to pursue her doctoral degree in the future. However, she is concentrating on her current graduate program and the LMRCSC.

Research Theme: Stock Assessment

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

NERTO Project Title:  Assessment of the National Shellfish Initiative (NSI)

NOAA Mentor: Dr. Kevin Madley, Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Academic Advisors: Dr. Joseph Reustel and Dr. Deidre Gibson


  1. Ramirez-Joseph*, L. and J.W. Reustle. Assessing the strength of top-down community regulation on urbanized, temperate oyster reefs. Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. 2023. Mallorca, Spain (Poster).

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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