Connie Y. Kot's Past Activities
Connie Y. Kot
Associate in Research
Duke University

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Past Research Projects:

Breeding and Nursery Areas for Marine Species Impacted by International Fisheries: A Mini Literature Review
     The Pew Charitable Trusts
        Conducted a targeted literature review to assess and summarize the available information on areas that marine fish used for breeding and development, including existing or recommended management measures, to support the Pew Charitable Trusts' International Fisheries Program strategy and to help guide future ecological or applied management research.

Decision Support Tool to Reduce Sea Turtle Dredging Entrainment Risk
     Bureau of Ocean Energy Management/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        Evaluated and documented entrainment risk parameters for dredging activities in the outer continental shelf (OCS) and helped to develop a geographically and temporally based decision support tool to assess project specific dredging entrainment risk and guide mitigation planning decisions within state and federal marine mineral resource areas.

Identifying past studies and prioritizing research gaps in support of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS)
     Bureau of Ocean Energy Management/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
        Identified past studies and prioritized research gaps in support of the GoMMAPPS, along with providing recommendations for efficiently disseminating information to improve survey design, facilitating involvement across multiple stakeholders, and promoting discovery of and access to relevant data and products from specific studies.

West Africa conservation feasibility study for blue carbon
     Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
        Identified available geospatial blue carbon relevant datasets and current research for gathering more geospatial data to assess the state of knowledge on the blue carbon ecosystem, trends, and threats within the West African region

OBIS-USA - Ocean Biogeographic System - United States of America
     United States Geological Survey (USGS)
        A taxonomic, temporal, and spatial review of the OBIS-USA database, a regional data node within the OBIS network

GOBI - Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative
     German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), IUCN, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Census of Marine Life, Ocean Biogeographic Information System
        Review of the Convention on Biological Diversity's process on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSA) with respect to marine migratory species

Project GloBAL - Global Bycatch Assessment of Long-Lived Species
     Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment's Center for Marine Conservation
        Worldwide assessment of marine mammal, seabird, and sea turtle bycatch in fishing gear

Development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) as a Management Tool to Reduce Bycatch of Sea Turtles in U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
     NOAA National Ocean Service Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment's Biogeography Team
        Compile data on marine management areas, fisheries, observed bycatch, and sea turtle observations and develop a customized graphical user interface within ArcGIS 8.x to spatially and temporally analyze sea turtle bycatch

South Carolina Estuarine and Coastal Assessment Program
     South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Research Institute
        Collect and assess data on the water, sediment, and biological quality of tidal creeks and open estuaries in South Carolina

South Carolina Artificial Reef Program
     South Carolina Department of Natural Resources' Marine Resources Research Institute
        SCUBA monitoring of artificial reefs off South Carolina

Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Program
     Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation
        Rescue and rehabilitation of seals and sea turtles on Long Island, New York

Assessing the Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in
Mapping Potential Habitat for Two Fish Species in the Chagrin and Grand Rivers
     Case Western Reserve University's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research
        Use of ArcView 3.x, global positioning systems (GPS), and publicly available data to map walleye and yellow perch habitat

Manuscript Reviews:

Aquatic Living Resources


Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences




Endangered Species Research


Fisheries Oceanography


Journal of Coastal Conservation


Marine Fisheries Review



Research Proposal Reviews:

Saltonstall Kennedy Grant Program - NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Workshop Participation:

  • Scientific Research and Education Network (SciREN) Lesson Plan Workshop. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, February 23, 2016, held at the Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC. [PDF]

  • Reproducible Science Workshop - Tools, Resources, and Practices. Duke University, September 24-25, 2015, held at the Duke Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC. [PDF]

  • South Atlantic Ecosystem Tools and Model Development Workshop. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences and Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, February 21-22, 2008, held at Duke University Marine Lab, Beaufort, NC. [PDF]

  • North Carolina Estuarine Shoreline Mapping (ESM) Summit. North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve's Coastal Training Program, December 4-5, 2007, held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Beaufort, NC. [PDF]

  • 2006 Protected Species Stock Assessment Improvement Plan (SAIP) Tier III Workshop. NOAA Fisheries, March 7-10, 2006, held at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD. [PDF] [Website]

  • GIS Tools Supporting Ecosystem Approaches to Management Workshop. NOAA Fisheries and NOS/NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration's Coastal Services Center, September 8-10, 2004, Charleston, SC. [PDF] [Website]

    Teaching Activities:

    College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
         General Biology I - Laboratory (101)
         General Biology II - Laboratory (102)
         Human Anatomy - Laboratory (202)

    Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab 135 Duke Marine Lab Road
    Nicholas School of the Environment Beaufort, North Carolina, USA 28516
    Duke University Marine Lab Phone: +1 252-504-7640
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