NE CASC Graduate Fellow Keenan Yakola was celebrated for his paper Long-Term Trends and Potential Drivers of Chick Diet in Four Tern Species in the Gulf of Maine, USA.
His paper, part of NE CASC project Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the NE CASC region, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 46th annual Pacific Seabird Group held in Kaua‘i, Hawaii, USA from 27 Feb to 2 Mar 2019. Keenan has a passion for the coastal waters of New England and their inhabitants, particularly birds and fish. In his research he is bringing these two interests together in order to study trophic mismatches and climate change induced shifts to the phenology of both seabirds and their prey in the Gulf of Maine. He aims to inform fisheries and seabird managers as well as other stakeholders in the NE CASC region and beyond.