National Science Foundation Career Awards

Marine Sciences Director Mike Heithaus and Assistant Professor Craig Layman have both been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation "Career" awards. Dr. Heithaus' 5 year project will be carried out in Shark Bay, Australia, with a focus on how behavioral interactions among top predators (e.g., tiger sharks) and herbivores (e.g., dugongs, sea turtles) may affect ecosystem function in seagrass habitats. Dr. Layman's project is focused on examining the effects of ecosystem fragmentation (road construction across tidal wetlands) from a food web perspective. Both projects will have exciting and innovative efforts to directly integrate scientific research and educational outreach to the public. Funding will exceed $1.5 million over the next 5 years. Congratulations Drs. Heithaus and Layman!