Ph.D. Student Profile: Alyson Eberhardt
Degree: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Topic: Salt marsh habitat connectivity and use by the American eel, Anguilla rostrata
Advisor: Dr. David Burdick
Description of Research
The overall objective of my research is to increase understanding of A. rostrata use of salt marshes for the conservation of both this species and the habitats important to their life history. Specifically, I am using stable isotope analysis, gut content analysis, Sr:Ca otolith microchemistry, and telemetry to evaluate the functional equivalency of hydrologically restricted and unrestricted salt marshes in the support of A. rostrata. My research will improve understanding of the value of salt marsh habitats to the life history of A. rostrata with respect to feeding behavior, growth, trophic interactions, and movement among inshore habitats. Results will help guide regional decision-making of how best to manage, restore, and conserve intertidal resources to maintain ecological functions and support populations of A. rostrata.
Previous Awards and Activities
- Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grant recipient, 2009
- NH Sea Grant Development Fund grant recipient, 2008
- Partnerships for Research Opportunities to Benefit Education Fellowship, 2006-2007
- Award for best graduate research poster, Estuarine Research Federation, 2007
- Award for best graduate research poster, Restore America’s Estuaries Conference, 2006
- Award for best oral presentation, New England Estuarine Research Society, 2005
- NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowship, 2002-2004
- Award for best graduate research poster, New England Estuarine Research Society, 2002
Selected Presentations and Publications
- Eberhardt, A.L., D.M. Burdick and M. Dionne. 2011. Fish versus human corridors: The impacts of road culverts on nekton in New England salt marshes. Restoration Ecology 19(6):776-785.
- Eberhardt, A.L. and D.M. Burdick. 2009. Hampton-Seabrook Estuary Habitat Restoration Compendium. Report to the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership and the New Hampshire Coastal Program, Durham and Portsmouth, NH.
- Burdick, D. R. Vincent, A. Eberhardt, and C. Peter. 2007. Evaluation of Post Restoration Conditions Awcomin Marsh, Rye, NH Report to the NH DES Coastal Program and NOAA's Community Based Habitat Restoration Program.
- Odell, J., A. Eberhardt, D. Burdick and P. Ingraham. 2006. Great Bay Estuarine Restoration Compendium. Report to the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership and the New Hampshire Coastal Program, Durham and Portsmouth, NH.
- M.S. in Water Resources Management, 2004, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire
- B.A. in Biology; minor in environmental studies, 1997, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
- Invasive Species Management Coordinator, Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, ME, 2004
- Research Assistant, Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, NH, 2001-2004
- Mystic Monitoring Coordinator, Mystic River Watershed Association, MA, 2000-2001
- Educator, South Shore Natural Science Center, MA, 2000-2001
- Laboratory Technician, New Jersey Sea Grant, NJ, 1998-1999
- Naturalist, New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium, NJ, 1998-1999
- Director, Rainier Youth Action Center, WA, 1997-1998