Fellowship institution:Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University System of Maryland
Project Title:Diet and Feeding of Menhaden Using Barcoding Identification Based on Cox1 Sequences to Enable the Linking of Primary Productivity to Fisheries
Ammar Hanif is a Ph.D. student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences Graduate Program program. He has been studying marine science since he was 18 years old. Ammar recently completed his master’s degree at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and has also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Morgan State University and an associate’s degree in biotechnology from Baltimore City Community College. While still an undergraduate, he used molecular tools to identify microorganisms in the marine environment including a dinoflagellate parasite of blue crabs. He went on to study the environmental prevalence of this dinoflagellate for his master’s thesis. As an undergraduate and as a master’s student, Ammar was supported by the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) at IMET. Ammar is currently studying “The diet and feeding of Atlantic menhaden using DNA barcoding identification based on cox1 sequences to enable the linking of primary production to fisheries” with Dr. Allen Place at IMET.