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Melbourne R. Carriker Student Research Awards in Malacology


Isabel Porto-Hannes, State University of New York, Buffalo: “Species boundaries and levels of intermixing between freshwater mussel (Family: Unionidae) species.”  

Diana LaScala-Gruenewald, Stanford University: "Limpet Searching Behaviors in a Patchy Environment."

Alyssa Braciszewski, University of California, Irvine: "Relatedness and differential disease resistance in abalone (genus Haliotis)."

Mark Phuong, University of California, Los Angeles: "Evolvability and diversification: testing macroevolutionary predictions in cone snails."


Maria Rosa, University of Connecticut: "Examining seasonal shifts in retention efficiency and mucosal composition in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis."

Brian Turner, Portland State University: "Examining inducible defenses to novel predators."

Jorge Alves Audino, University of São Paulo: "Anatomy and morphogenesis of the mantle edge of the scallop Nodipecten nodosus (L. 1758) (Bivalvia: Pectinidae)."

Constance Boone Award for Best Student Presentation


Oral presentation:

Katie E. Vazquez, University of Pennsylvania: "Phenotypic variation in the dog whelk, Nucella lapillus: An integration of ecology, karyotype, and phenotypic plasticity"

Poster presentation:

Charlotte Capt, University of Montreal: "Mussel, sex and mitochondria"

Amanda J. Chambers, Central Michigan University: "The role of life history strategy in predicting extinction risk of freshwater mussels"


Oral presentation:

Xochitl G. Vital Arriaga, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, "Diversity seasonality and distribution of benthic opisthobranchs from a rocky shore in Veracruz, Mexico."

Poster presentation:

Christina Burdi, California State University Fullerton, "Sampling slime: A PCR-based assay reliably identifies the west coast limpets Lottia scabra or the morphologically similar L. conus."

Caitlin M. Luebke, University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point, "Curation of the Daniel Bereza mollusk collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History."


For more information about AMS student awards, contact Jeanne Serb.

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