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PH.D. STUDENT WINS 11TH ANNUAL GPSA RESEARCH DAY COMPETITION  

Steven Lombardo
 

Lynda F. Rysavy | 5/8/2020

FAU's Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) hosted its 11th-Annual Graduate Research Day as a virtual competition with support from the Division of Research, Division of Student Affairs, Student Government, and the Graduate College.

 

Steven Lombardo,  a Ph.D. student enrolled in the Integrative Biology program won first place for his research on bonefish in the Biological and Chemical Sciences category.

 

"Bonefish are known as the "gray ghost to the flats" for their ability to disappear among the sand and seagrass, and are positioned at the pinnacle of sport fishing for their guile and impressive speed," said Steve. "Our research has revealed that they're also prolific divers, moving offshore from the flats and diving to depths of 450 feet to spawn! Thanks to Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and the Fisheries Research Foundation for making my research possible."

 

FAU Harbor Branch Faculty Advisor Matt Ajemian, Ph.D., added, "Steve's Ph.D. research is unlocking habitat mysteries surrounding bonefish in both Florida and the Bahamas, where the species holds paramount importance to both locals and visitors to these regions."

 

The competition was open to graduate students from all academic disciplines and provided them with the opportunity to present their research to esteemed faculty judges from all fields. The adjudicating team had the tough task of selecting winners, who will be awarded scholarship prizes.

 

Here is the list of GPSA Research Day winners with their program information and faculty advisors from their respective categories:

 

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