Jasmine Valentin-Albanese

Graduate Student

Jasmine Valentin-Albanese


















  PhD Candidate, Stony Brook University

 Former Project Coordinator (June 2015 – December 2017)

Jasmine Valentin-Albanese uses a variety of techniques to address questions concerning the conservation status and ecological role of commercially valuable predatory fish within the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Using Baited Remote Underwater Videos (BRUVs), stable isotope analysis and genetics she has gained an understanding of the behavioral interactions and trophic relationships of upper and mid-trophic level piscivores.

  What anthropogenic, environmental and habitat features determine grouper abundance and diversity on the Belize Barrier Reef?

  How much dietary overlap occurs between different grouper species living on the same coral reef?

  Do large grouper species negatively affect small grouper species living on the same coral reef?

  Western Atlantic Region

  Uses baited remote underwater video (BRUV) to assess the abundance, diversity and behavioral interactions of grouper assemblages on coral reefs.

  Uses chemical tracers (bulk and amino acid compound specific stable isotopes) to assess reef fish ecology.

  Uses BRUVs as well as fisheries-independent sampling techniques to assess the effectiveness of current conservation strategies (i.e. marine reserves, seasonal closures) for grouper fisheries management.

   Educates members of the public, especially school children, about marine conservation.

  Mentors female and minority high school and undergraduate students in STEM fields.

  Mentors and supervises high school and undergraduate students that are analyzing BRUVs for Global FinPrint and other projects.

  Works with citizen scientists collecting BRUV data and educating them on shark conservation through hands-on field research.

  Works to increase knowledge of shark conservation in Belize through collaborations with local fisherman and stakeholders.