Ian Areford

I am currently a Master’s of Science student at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) studying the spatial distributions of deep-sea fishes in the Seascape Ecology Lab under Dr. Rosanna Milligan. My thesis project is focused on analyzing mesopelagic fish biomass patterns in the northern Gulf of Mexico in response to major oceanographic features such as the Loop Current, mesoscale eddies, and freshwater runoff from the Mississippi River. The overall goal is to determine whether these oceanographic features play a significant role in predicting the distribution of these fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Before attending NSU, I studied at Saint Leo University where I received my Bachelor's of Science in Biology with a specialization in Ecology.