Kathleen Alford of the Tennessee Aquarium recommends the University of Tampa if you would like to concentrate on seahorses in your future studies. She notes that Heather Masonjones, a processor at the University of Tampa, works primarily with research on seahorses. Likewise, Paul Anderson from the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida is heavily involved in research on seahorses. He is currently completing his Ph.D. thesis on the effects of sound (ambient noise) and stress on the health and reproduction of Hippocampus erectus. So attending one of the schools in Florida would be a good choice if your primary interest is in seahorses, sir.
Here’s a copy of Kathlina’s message in its entirety below. Good luck! — Pete Giwojna
In response to your post on the seahorse server about graduate schools… I wanted to let you know that at the University of Tampa there is a professor, Heather Masonjones, that works primarily with seahorse research (H. zosterae mainly). Paul Anderson, who posts things on the server fairly frequently, also studies in Florida so he would have some comrades down there. I have found this to be a fairly rare commodity (Syngnathid specialists in the education realm) so I wanted to pass it on. He really needs to decide which animals he is most passionate about because no location will have thorough expertise on all three groups as well as outstanding research opportunities I would not think, though that would be incredible!