Best of RAW 2016


Congratulations to the AoA team for a job well done!  This year’s RAW was a blast, and also full of great information.  Nearly every judge expressed how difficult it was to choose the top talks because of the fierce competition and high quality of presentations.  On behalf of the RAW Program Committee, I applaud all of the presenters and their supporting institutions and am pleased to announce the Best of RAW 2016!


Our judges included members of the RAW Program Committee and select members from the audience.  Thank you to:

Brian Dorn

Beth Firchau

Allan Marshall

Pete Mohan

Melissa Bishop

Becky Ellsworth

Sally Hoke

Eric Hoveland

Allen McDowell

Matt Hamilton

Greg Whittaker

Nick Zarlinga

Congratulations to the following speakers and their presentations that have been selected as Best of RAW 2016:


MacKenzie Bubel and Thomas Knowles – Smells like Ctene Spirit: Methods for culturing the Comb Jellies (Ctenophora)  Mnemiopsis sppPleurobracia bachei, and Bolinopsis infundibulum

Colby Johnson – A pilot study of the effect of gut loading live Artemia sp.  with probiotics on survival during the pelagic phase of juvenile Hippocampus erectus

Josh Tellier – Double your Goodeids, Double your fun: Collaborating with Students to increase breeding efforts and promote Goodeid conservation

Dr. Elsburgh O. Clarke III – Successful Treatment of Eimeria southwelli in a Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) using oral copper wire particles

Danielle Haulsee – Internal Acoustic Transceivers Reveal the Annual Social Network Patterns in a Coastal Predator

Mark Dvornak – Shark ray breeding – What a difference 711 days makes!

Dr. Rob Jones and Sam Gilchrist – Botox as a possible treatment for spinal problems in sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus)

Chad L. Widmer – Globs in Globes: Thinking outside the kreisel

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