Three Rutgers graduate students affiliated with the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Amanda Wenczel, Jason Morson and Jenny Paterno, have each been awarded a George Burlew Scholarship Grant from the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club to help support their marine science research. This grant was previously awarded to high school students and college students but today is only awarded to full- or part-time graduate students pursuing marine-related studies.
Wenczel’s research focuses on the study of the potential feeding interactions of native New Jersey shellfish while Paterno’s research interests are restoration ecology in aquatic systems and community science education. Morson’s research explores the application of targeted biological and ecological data to reduce uncertainty in fisheries stock assessment model parameters.
The George Burlew Scholarship Grant was first awarded in June 1979 in honor of Captain George Burlew, who was a member of the Manasquan River Marlin and Tuna Club and a pioneer of sport fishing on and out of the Manasquan River. Captain Burlew was a well-known fishing guide and a long-time owner of Burlew’s Anchorage in Manasquan.