- B.S. Biology, Rhodes College, Memphis TN
- M.S. Marine Biology, College of Charleston, Charleston SC
I am broadly interested in the ecological interactions between marine coastal fishes and aspects of their environment. These aspects include other organisms (either as prey, competitor, or predator), physicochemical conditions, habitat, and the ultimate predator—man. For my dissertation research, I am investigating fish community catch trends and food web attributes of the U.S. East Coast near shore coastal zone (<60 ft depth) from Florida to Massachusetts. To do this I will collect fish diet information and utilize existing datasets from two fishery-independent trawl surveys: 1) the SouthEast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program - South Atlantic (SEAMAP-SA), and 2) the NorthEast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP). Results from my research will benefit our general understanding of fishery-related ecological patterns in this important transition area between estuaries and the coastal ocean. In addition, my work will inform modeling and management efforts undertaken by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a regional body charged with conserving and managing U.S. East Coast near shore fishery resources for sustainable use.
- Lefcheck JS, Buchheister A, Laumann KM, Stratton MA, Sobocinski KL, Chak STC, Clardy TR, Reynolds PL, Latour RJ, Duffy JE. 2014. Dimensions of biodiversity in Chesapeake Bay demersal fishes: patterns and drivers through space and time. Ecosphere 5(2):14.
- Stratton MA, Kesler DH. 2007. The role of light and oxygen in Chaoborus punctipennis (Insecta:Diptera) diel vertical migration. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22(1):101-106.