Our Ruggieri Fellowship for Field Research supports graduate or undergraduate field research in the marine waters of New York and New Jersey relating to biology, ecology and/or conservation. In 2010, WCS launched the New York Seascape Program at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island to improve our understanding of the importance of these waters to marine wildlife, restore threatened species and protect their habitat, and build a sorely needed New York ocean ethic and public stewardship. The Ruggieri Fellowship is available to individuals who are interested in conducting conservation-focused research in the NY Seascape region, which includes waters from Cape May, NJ, to Montauk, NY, as well as the Long Island Sound.