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.