Michael Castagna Student Grant for Applied Research


The Michael Castagna Student Grant for Applied Research is a competitive grant that is awarded annually to recognize a student's excellence in the area of shellfish research with an emphasis on applied research. It is named in honor of one of the Association's most distinguished past Presidents (1976-7), a recipient of the Wallace Award (1983) and an Honored Life Member (1990). The award is a competitive grant program to which NSA student members can apply for a $1,250 grant for non-travel related expenses associated with undertaking their Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research. The award is granted once per year with applications due November 1 annually. Click here for application information.


Grant Recipients

Grant Proposal Title:

Evan Durland

(2016) Oregon State University

 The genetic contribution to larval fitness in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas and long term genomic response to domestication
Lillian Kuehl

(2015) Western Washington University

The effect of diet on pinto abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) postlarval survival, growth, and radula morphology
Lydia Bienlian

(2014) Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Influence of Perkinsis marinus infection on levels of human-pathogenic Vibrios in aguacultured oysters
Laura Newcomb

(2013) University of Washington

Monitoring Risk: The role of ocean warming and acidification on mussel fall off from aquaculture lines
Allison Marie Colden

(2012) Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Structural effects of restored oyster reefs on persistence and ecological function

Julie Davis

(2011) Auburn University

Effect of Gear Orientation and Stocking Density on Eastern Oysters, Crassostrea virginica, in an Adjustable Long Line System

Hilde Zenil Becerra

(2010) Florida Atlantic University.

Passive acoustics as a monitoring tool for evaluating oyster reef restoration.

Andrew Ray

(2009) The University of Southern Mississippi.

The effects of physical substrate area and carbohydrate addition on shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) production and nitrogen cycling in superintensive, zero-exchange culture systems.

Aaron W.E. Galloway

(2008) University of Washington, School of Aquatic Fishery Sciences.

Culture practices and structure effects of intertidal geoduck aquaculture operations in Puget Sound: an evaluation of influence on mobile macrofauna.

Brandon Puckett

(2007) North Carolina State University, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology.

Assessing the efficacy of marine reserves for oyster restoration: theory and application.

James Reinhardt

(2006) University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences.

Grant proposal title: The control of biofoulers in shellfish aquaculture: the use of acetic acid and gastropod biocontrols.

Helene Hegaret

(2005) University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences.

The persistence of cysts and cells of harmful dinoflagellates after ingestion by bivalve molluscs and their transport through transplanting of bivalves.

Scott Gifford

(2004) University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW, Australia.

Influence of pollutants on pearl quality in the Akoya pearl oyster, Pinctada imbricata.

Megan Stewart

(2003) Leigh Marine Laboratory of the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The impacts of habitat change on cockle (Austrovenus stutchburyi) populations.

Lisa Milke

(2002, inaugural year) Institute for Marine Biosciences, NRC, Halifax.

Algal diets and nutritional requirements of early life-history stages of the commercially important sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus, and bay scallop, Argopecten irradians.