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Pavel received his B.S. in Aquatics and Fisheries Science from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry in his home state of New York in 2010. After which he was employed by the USDA as a wildlife management technician, a park ranger in New York City, and eventually made his way down to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama to get his feet wet once again. During his time in Alabama, Pavel worked on projects including post oil-spill oyster health, red snapper diet and abundance, manatee radio tracking, coastal shark ecology, dolphin necropsies, and estuarine crustacean parasitism.


Shortly before arriving at the Marine Genomics Lab, Pavel completed a fellowship in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia and returned to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab once more to work on a project that examined phosphate build up in sediments adjacent to an oil refinery and phosphate plant.  His work now focuses on understanding long-term gene flow in a highly migratory species (Carcharhinus acronotus) across known genetic barriers in the Gulf of Mexico and the implications that may result regarding fisheries management.

Current Projects: 

 Pavel is eager to employ modern molecular techniques to answer an entirely different set of questions than those posed by the previous work he was involved with.  Within the lab itself, Pavel is also the graphic designer and self-appointed prankster.

  1. Assessment of potential mixing of blacknose shark (Carcharhinus acronotus) stocks in the Florida Keys

  2. Elucidate if gene flow is ocurring between blacknose sharks east and west of the Mississippi River plume


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