Chris recently received a prestigious Lerner-Gray Marine Research grant. Below is a press release by the ECU Biology department:
"Congratulations to IDPBS Ph.D. student Chris Moore on receiving a Lerner-Gray Marine Research Grant. Chris and his mentor, Dr. April Blakeslee, will use this award to develop a method for surveying biodiversity in the Pamlico and Neuse river estuaries using parasites as a proxy for overall community diversity. Many parasitic organisms require multiple hosts in order to complete their life cycles. The Blakeslee Lab hopes to determine the extent to which larval parasites in more easily collected first hosts (e.g. snails or small fish) can indicate the presence or abundance of their downstream hosts (e.g. shore birds), which are often more difficult to survey using traditional methods."