Bunting, Matthew

MS Student, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Advisors: Quenton Tuckett and Jeff Hill

I am a MS student in the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences program while working as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the Charlotte Harbor Field lab in Port Charlotte, Florida. My thesis research focuses on the emigration of juvenile tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) from remote nurseries in coastal wetland ponds into the open estuary. By utilizing an acoustic telemetry study accompanied with water level loggers, my goal is to better understand the climatic events and water levels that are needed for tarpon to emigrate from these ephemerally connected ponds into the Charlotte Harbor estuary.

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