TNCC Biology Professor Studies Rare Fish in Japan

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Thomas Nelson Community College’s Jennifer Martin studies rare fish, but merely reading about them is not enough. The Assistant Professor of Biology goes where the fish are. Her latest investigation involves intense field research in Japan to gather information to complete a Doctoral degree in Marine Science at William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). Martin embarked on the month-long excursion on January 5 and the itinerary includes stops in Tokyo, Sapporo, Kyoto, Kanagawa, Chiba, and several coastal fishing villages.

“My research program centers on marine fishes and their environments, integrating questions pertaining to biology, ecology, genetics and oceanography. More specifically, the focus of my dissertation is on the systematics and evolution of the Lampridiform fishes, the oarfishes and their relatives, from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean,” Martin said.