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Bren PhD Student's Two Awards Are a "First" at Scientific Meeting

Fifth-year Bren School PhD student Darcy Bradley made a big splash at the recent 2015 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, held in Reno, Nevada, July 15-19 as part of the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society (AES).


Darcy Bradley receives the Carrier Award, for best poster, from Carrier Award committee chair, Dr. Carl Luer.
Photo: Dr. Chris Lowe

The meeting was extremely useful to Bradley in terms of exchanging ideas and networking with top researchers in her field, which involves the interrelationships between the health of coral reefs and the presence of top predators and has led her to study reef sharks populations along the Palmyra Atoll. But Bradley made waves herself at the meeting by becoming the first student ever to win the awards both for best student oral presentation (the Gruber Award, named in honor of AES founder Dr. Sonny Gruber) and for best poster presentation (the Carrier Award, named in honor of Dr. Jeffrey Carrier).

The Bren School emphasizes the importance of communicating science effectively to an array of audiences so that it can inform policy makers and managers as they search for solutions to environmental problems. Both PhD and master's students have many opportunities to present their work in both large and small forums and receive feedback and support to improve their skills.

Congratulations to Darcy.

Jeffrey C. & Carol A. Carrier Poster Award: Established to recognize the outstanding poster delivered by an AES student member during the Annual Meeting, this award is generously endowed by Jeff and Carol Carrier.

Samuel H. Gruber Presentation Award: Established by former president Samuel "Sonny" Gruber to recognize the most outstanding presentation delivered by an AES student member at the AES Annual Meeting, this award is funded jointly by a Sonny Gruber endowment and by AES.