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