Matthew is studying the detection and modeling of the estuarine and near-shore coastal movements of Atlantic sturgeon. Atlantic sturgeon have recently been listed under the Endangered Species Act and their populations have been struggling to rebuild since the late 19th century. By utilizing acoustic telemetry and remote sensing data from satellites and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Matthew will be able to employ some of the most advanced technologies in fisheries and oceanography to benefit a fish that has been around for hundreds of millions of years.
“These advanced techniques along with sophisticated models will allow me to determine where Atlantic sturgeon are and what is driving their movements. Once this is determined, managers may use this information to reduce impacts to Atlantic sturgeon while reducing the burden of excessive restrictions on commercial fisheries and industry.”
Matthew previously received the Clear Into the Future® Fellowship while at Delaware State University studying movements of Atlantic sturgeon associated with spawning behavior in the Delaware River (for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years).