Posted: 2-13-2012

Two UF/IFAS students receive Guy Harvey Scholarships

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Visual artist Guy Harvey is well known for his love of marine wildlife – his iconic paintings of marlin and other saltwater game fish are seen everywhere from T-shirts to specialty license tags to art galleries.

Not surprisingly, Harvey is a passionate supporter of marine conservation, which led him to establish the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation as a way to fund research and educational programs.

In 2010, the foundation teamed with the Florida Sea Grant program to fund the Guy Harvey Scholarship Award; each year it provides a $5,000 scholarship to one or more Florida university students whose research focuses on novel strategies for improving sustainable management of large marine fish.

In February, the scholarship was presented to a record five students, including two from UF/IFAS, Felipe Carvalho and Sarah Stephens.

Carvalho, a native of Recife, Brazil, is a doctoral student with the UF/IFAS Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. His research supports the training of scientists and technicians who use remote sensing methods to manage blue shark populations in the Atlantic Ocean.

Stephens, a master’s degree student with the Program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, has organized a conservation tagging program for permit, a popular game fish. The program relies on recreational anglers to report data when they land a previously tagged permit; the data help researchers assess permit populations and movement patterns.

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