Nina Pruzinsky

I am interested in researching poorly studied species/communities, such as early life stages and the deep sea, so I can provide information to the public and conservation management efforts in order to help maintain populations and large ecosystems. I received my master's in 2018 from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), while working as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Tracey Sutton. During my master's thesis, I examined the identification, faunal composition, and spatiotemporal distributions of larval and juvenile tunas (Family: Scombridae) in the northern Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2017. Currently, I am a Research Associate and the Lab Manager in Dr. Sutton’s Oceanic Ecology Lab at NSU. I am continuing to work with the DEEPEND Consortium, investigating both tuna early life stages and deep-sea organisms. I manage the DEEPEND and NOAA-NRDA ONSAP databases, manage sample collection/processing/storage, write and collate cruise reports, and participate in outreach/education activities. I am also mentoring the lab’s graduate students and volunteers.