CERF Legacy Fund Awardees

2021: Jennifer Loch, University of Central Florida

Jennifer Loch PhotoThe Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is proud to announce that the CERF Legacy Fund Scholarship 2021 is presented to Jennifer Loch, a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida.

Ms. Loch (soon to be “Dr. Loch”) has an impressive, diverse research background, including numerous first-authored publications, awards, and practical experience teaching and serving as an environmental lands specialist. Her PhD project focuses on using stable isotope analyses to explore the impact of habitat restoration on sportfish trophic dynamics in the Indian River Lagoon, FL, ultimately providing insight into the success of future restoration-based solutions that can improve ecologically, economically and culturally important fish populations in the Indian River Lagoon and beyond. The selection committee was pleased to see Ms. Loch’s commitment to pursuing a career where she can leverage her understanding on ecological interactions to make meaningful, practical impacts on critical management issues.

2019: Jamila Roth, University of Florida

Jamila Roth Photo

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is proud to announce the recipient of the first CERF Legacy Fund Scholarship. Jamila Roth, a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, has been selected for the inaugural award.  Roth studies how seagrass species diversity impacts their resistance and resilience to warming temperatures. Roth currently has funding to study four different possible responses to these warming temperatures; the Legacy Fund Scholarship will allow her to augment her research by studying an additional response variable.

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