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Chet F. Rakocinski, Ph.D.
Graduate Students Directed
- Claire L. Matten, Spring 2014, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Resident benthic fishes of artificial reefs in the Mississippi Sound: Effects of habitat relief and subregion.
- Joseph Read Hendon, Spring 2013, Ph.D., Coastal Sciences, USM. Dissertation Title: Habitat characterization, habitat use and associated growth of juvenile spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in a Mississippi bay system: Implications for stock enhancement practices.
- Daneen P. Menke, Summer 2012, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Evaluating macrobenthic indicators of organic enrichment and hypoxia within the coastal Mississippi hypoxic zone.
- Kathryn R. McBride, Summer 2011, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Mycorrhizal colonization of native salt marsh plants on Mississippi’s Gulf coast and the effects of commercial mycorrhizal inoculants on nursery grown plants.
- Lauren A. Littleton, Spring 2010, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Differences in feeding performance between hatchery-reared and wild juvenile Spotted Seatrout Cynoscion nebulosus. College of Science and Technology Outstanding Masters Student Award, 2009.
- Sarah E. Turner, Summer 2008, M.S. Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Trophic relations of juvenile Gray Triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) and Planehead Filefish (Monacanthus hispidus) within Sargassum habitat.
- Heather Joy Ferguson, Summer, 2006., M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Comparison of subtidal and intertidal macrobenthic communities between created and natural marshes in the Davis Bayou, Mississippi.
- Deborah Nicole Vivian, Summer 2005, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Examining habitat function of a restored salt marsh using post-larval killifish (Funduls grandis Baird and Girard). 2002 MS-AL National Sea Grant Scholar. 2003 Recipient of the Lytle Scholarship.
- Donna Marie Drury McCall, Spring 2004, Ph.D., Coastal Sciences, USM; Dissertation Title: Effects of grass shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.) density manipulations and nutrient enrichment on widgeongrass (Ruppia maritima) condition, epiphyte load, and epiphyte functional groups. National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Fellow, 2001-2003. College of Science and Technology Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, 2004.
- Glenn A Zapfe, Summer 2002, M.S., Coastal Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Effects of Marsh Access on the Feeding Success and Growth of Juvenile Spot, Leiostomus xanthurus.
- Dena Greene Vincent, Fall 2001, M.S. Biological Sciences, USM; Thesis title: The influence of pollution stress on the growth of juvenile fishes and the evaluation of associated bioassessment techniques. 2000 MS-AL National Sea Grant Scholar.
- Janet Cote, Summer 1999, M.S. Marine Science, USM; Thesis title: Prey selection by juvenile blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, between two micrograzing gastropods, Astyris lunata and Bittiolum varium, within estuarine seagrass habitat.
- Michael A. Abney, Summer 1998, M.S. Biological Sciences, USM; Thesis title: Phenotypic plasticity in the life-history traits of Gambusia puncticulata puncticulata (Poeciliidae) from the Cayman Islands, BWI.