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Student Spotlight: Rusty Dame

Rusty spent most of his childhood by the water.  Originally from West Palm Beach, Rusty has spent a lot of time in the water swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

“The best places to scuba dive near my home are privately owned.  You are allowed to swim in these areas but you cannot access them from the shore - you have to walk and then swim to them.  It is pretty difficult to do all of that carrying heavy scuba gear, but it is all worth it,” Rusty explains.

Rusty transferred to UF as a graduate from Palm Beach State College with the intention of earning a degree in accounting.  After taking a couple classes, it become clear to him that he wanted to change his degree.

“I love being near the water.  It was exciting when I realized I could get a degree that would allow me to study something that I love,” says Rusty.

Rusty will graduate in Spring 2016, with a specialization in International Food and Resource Economics and a minor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Currently, Rusty is applying to the department’s graduate school to earn a Master of Science in Food and Resource Economics and conduct research related to Aquaculture and Fisheries in South Florida.

“I am working on a proposal that I am really excited about.  I have received some valuable feedback from faculty who offer great advice and support.”

If accepted, Rusty will have the opportunity to receive advanced training in economic theory while applying his training to conducting research in Aquaculture. Career opportunities include:

  • marine fisheries management
  • natural resource management
  • economic impact analysis
  • environmental economics
  • and more …

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Exciting Opportunities to Study What You Love

Rusty’s love for the ocean led him to pursue a graduate degree to research aquaculture and fisheries in South Florida.