Nina Pruzinsky

I am interested in researching poorly studied species/communities, such as the deep sea, so I can provide information to the public and conservation management efforts in order to help maintain populations and large ecosystems. Currently, I am pursuing my Master’s degree in Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University, while working as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Tracey Sutton’s Oceanic Ecology Lab. As a part of the DEEPEND Project, I will be working with Dr. Sutton to examine the abundance and distribution of the larval and juvenile tunas (Scombridae) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Since the Gulf of Mexico is one of the two main spawning areas for tuna, it is crucial to investigate the population dynamics of their early life stages in the area affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.