Montclair State Students Recognized for Research Excellence

Photo by Christopher Langner

Turtle Grass in Great Lameshur Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands

Two Montclair State University College of Science and Mathematics students were recently recognized for research excellence at the 53rd annual New Jersey Academy of Sciences meeting. Christopher Langner, a graduate student in biology and molecular biology, was presented with the Best Graduate Presentation Award and Mike Messina, an undergraduate in biology and molecular biology, received both the Best Undergraduate Presentation Award and the New Jersey Academy of Sciences’ American Associated for the Advancement of Science Best Student Paper Award, the highest award presented by the Academy for University student research.

Langner’s research project was titled “Assessing Plant Diversity Utilizing Underwater Digital Photography in Great Lameshur Bay, U.S.V.I.," and Messina’s project was titled “Habitat Utilization by Fish and Decapods of Exposed and Protected Mangroves and Seagrass Beds in St. John, U.S.V.I.” Both projects were carried out in the U.S. Virgin Islands and were directed by Dr. Paul Bologna of the Biology and Molecular Biology Department.

These awards highlight the quality of research being conducted by Montclair State students. Congratulations to both Christopher and Mike.