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The William R. and Lenore Mote Endowment

The FSU Mote International Symposium Young Investigator Awards

Each year since 2000, the steering committee of the Mote Symposium awards two Young Investigators, one for best oral presentation and one for best poster. Young investigators include graduate students and individuals who received the Ph.D. degree no more than five years before the meeting. The list of awardees appears below.


  • Best Talk - Antonella Rivera, Universidad de Oviedo Spain
    Sustainability of the gooseneck barnacle TURF system in Asturias: trends, drivers and basic principles.
  • Honorable Mention Talk - Ruleo A. Camacho, University of Maine
    Antigua’s community-based no-take reserves: Developing a bottom-up TURF for coral reef ecosystems
  • Best poster - Kristine Beran, University of Rhode Island
    Territorial user rights in the Gambia: successful enabling conditions and stakeholder empowerment in the artisanal sole fishery


  • Talk - Laura K. Blamey (postdoc), University of Cape Town, South Africa
    Modelling the impacts of depleting top predators: could a regime shift have been prevented? (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Karen Elisabeth Brun (undergraduate), University of Florida
    Nonconsumptive effects and their role in salt marsh trophic cascades (abstract Opens in a new window)


  • Talk - Geoffrey Shester, Stanford University
    Empirical analysis of fine-scale spatial behavior and fishing strategies in the Baja California lobster fishery (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Ronald J. Maliao. Florida Institute of Technology
    Impact of comanagement of marine protected areas in the Philippines (abstract Opens in a new window)


  • Talk - David S. Boukal, University of Bergen
    Irreversible evolutionary changes in life histories of exploited fish (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Kate I. Siegfried. University of California, Santa Cruz
    When can we assume a constant natural mortality for fish populations? An application to California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) (abstract Opens in a new window)


  • Talk - Trevor A. Branch, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    Good and ugly multispecies fisheries: ITQs in British Columbia versus retention limits on the U.S. West Coast (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Katy K. Doctor, Sustainable Fishery Advocates, Santa Cruz, California
    Impacts of point-of-sale labeling on consumer choice (coauthored with Teresa Ish and Michelle D. Benoit) (abstract Opens in a new window)


  • Talk - Sarah K. Gaichas, NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, Washington
    Trade-offs between fisheries and marine mammals in Gulf of Alaska and Eastern Bering Sea (coauthored with Kerim Aydin and Bob Francis) (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Teresa Ish, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Environment, krill, and squid: from life history to fisheries (abstract Opens in a new window)


  • Talk - Shelton Harley, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Density dependent catchability: consequences for management targets (abstract Opens in a new window)
  • Poster - Dan Kehler, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    Managing to prevent local extinctions: the estimation and consequences of variability among populations (abstract Opens in a new window)