Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo

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

Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. She’s currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is specializing in Ecology as part of the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science program. Her research focuses on black sea bass dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay. Under the advisement of Dr. Brad Stevens and Dr. Howard Townsend, she is working on a habitat suitability model to investigate if the historical decline in black sea bass landings is associated with a decrease in available habitat. The ultimate goal of their work is to develop an Estuarine Habitat Affinity Index that can be incorporated into a stock assessment model to explain some variability in black sea bass juvenile recruitment.


  1. Almodovar-Acevedo*, L., & Stevens, B.G. (2018).  Effect of Temperature on Respiration Rates of Black Sea Bass and Applications in Modeling. Presented at the American Fisheries Society 148th Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ, August 21, 2018.
  2. Almodóvar-Acevedo, L.* & Stevens, B. (2018). Effect of temperature on juvenile black sea bass respiration rates. Oral presentation at the NOAA EPP/MSI Biennial Education and Science Forum. Washington DC.
– Laura Almodóvar-Acevedo

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
(410) 651-7870
Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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