ONeil, Kaitlyn

O’Neil, Kaitlyn

MS Student, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Advisor: Josh Patterson

I am a MS student in Dr. Joshua Patterson’s lab based out of Apollo Beach, Florida and I work as a biologist for FWC at the Stock Enhancement Research Facility, which is also currently moving to Apollo Beach. My research will be focused on reproduction and spawning of red drum fish in captivity. Specifically, I’m hoping to be able to quantify the oocyte stages of red drum fish throughout the regression, regeneration, and spawning phases in captivity and describe any atresia identified. The overall goal is to develop a technique using oocyte biopsies to measure effects of broodstock husbandry that will optimize spawning in captivity for red drum and other sportfish. I have a BS in marine biology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and five years of experience working with FWC culturing live feeds, larvae, and assisting with research and fish releases. My two small children and husband keep me pretty busy in my spare time. We’ve been creatively finding ways to safely enjoy all that Florida has to offer in the wake of the year that is 2020.

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