Chamberlin, Derek

Chamberlin, Derek

PhD Student, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Advisors: Will Patterson and Rob Ahrens

I am a PhD student conducting research focused on improving age estimates for commercially exploited reef fishes. I use a variety of methods to estimate and validate the ages of two important Florida reef fish, gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) and vermillion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens). I am also investigating the development of a novel method to validate age estimates using protein orientation in eye lenses. Using this information I will study how improved aging accuracy and precision affect modeled stock dynamics and stock status benchmarks.

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