Dr. Kesley Banks, one of the first recipients of a Science of Conservation Marine Scholarship, recently completed her Ph.D. at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Banks’ research has focused on migratory patterns and artificial reef habitat use of fisheries species in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, including red snapper, king mackerel, cobia and multiple shark species.
“We are incredibly proud of Kesley for this accomplishment and look forward to following her career as a leader in the field of marine science,” said Pat Murray, president of CCA National. “We need the best and brightest of the next generation to ensure that the marine resources we enjoy today are healthy and available for future generations.”
The Science of Conservation Marine Scholarship Program was founded in 2018 through a partnership of Shimano and CCA. In its first year, the program funded four scholarships dedicated to students furthering their marine science education at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. With the addition of supporting partners BP and the CCA Music City Chapter, the program is expanding to offer additional scholarships at marine science centers in other regions.