Award Recipient


Captain Wayne Hasson Memorial Applied Marine Conservation Graduate Research Scholarship, Sponsored by the Sea of Change Foundation (WDHOF Member Anne Hasson) in memory of Capt Wayne Hasson

Ashley Dawdy

Ashley is a Master’s student at Florida State University and a member of Dr. Dean Grubbs’ research group at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory. She is an AAUS Scientific Diver and PADI Divemaster. Her thesis investigates the movement ecology of elasmobranchs of conservation concern. In Apalachicola Bay, she studies cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) movement behavior to assess interaction potential of rays with commercial bivalves. She studies the movement behavior of smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) in the Florida Keys, aiming to identify potential species mating areas. Following graduate school, Ashley hopes to continue elasmobranch research within an aquarium research program.

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