The Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research

The goal of the fund is to offset the cost to students of publishing research as open access articles in order to promote the spread of scientific ideas to not only scientists but to anyone who is interested in the research, by making it freely available.

MASNA’s Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund is looking for additional funds!
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On average, publishing open access articles costs $2,500 – $3,000.

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Rather than in the traditional scientific publishing scheme, where the reader of the scientific article incurs a cost to access the article, with open access articles, the article is available to the world, and the author is charged a fee when the article is accepted by the publisher.

Therefore, the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research is a fund sponsored by individuals, aquarium clubs, businesses, and universities that provides students with a financial offset to the costs of publishing a scientific article as an open access article.

This is where you come in. Without the support of sponsors, the Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund for Publishing Open Access Marine Aquarium Research will not be possible!

Selection Criteria for Funds

To be eligible for the fund, an applicant must have conducted the research while being an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.

The student must have declared a major/focus or have the intent to declare a major/focus in one of the marine science disciplines.

Applicants must be the primary author of the article and must have conducted the research for the article while a student.


North American students, no matter where they are studying in the world, as well as students from abroad, who are studying in North America, are eligible, as long as they are attending an accredited college or university. MASNA recognizes these locations as being in North America.


The fund’s committee meets on a quarterly basis and assesses the applications for funding received in the past quarter.

Applicants to the fund are required to apply the quarter before the final draft of the article is to be sent to the publisher. If the application is successful, offset of the cost of publication will be funded up to 100%, not to exceed $1,000.

Successful applicants are required to list the fund in the acknowledgments section of the published article. Therefore, the final submission of the article for publication must be made after the set announcement date for that quarter’s successfully funded applicants.

Payment is made in U.S. Dollars and is distributed directly to the publisher of the open-source article.

Primary authors are limited to the funding of 1 publication per quarter, and 2 publications per year.

Annual Quarterly Application Schedule

Application Period: January 1 – March 31. Announcement: May. 
Application Period: April 1 – June 30. Announcement: August.
Application Period: July 1 – September 30. Announcement: November. 
Application Period: October 1 – December 31. Announcement: February.

Click HERE to sponsor the fund!

Fund Sponsors to Date

Gold: $2,000 +
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Silver: $500 +

Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas

Bronze: $100 +


Dr. Andrew Rhyne

Andy Hudson

John Scarpa

Mr. LeRoy Creswell

Laura Anderson

MASNA welcomes donations from any organization or individual who shares the belief that advancements in science should be freely available to the general public. 

Click HERE to sponsor the fund!

Personal messages from our fund sponsors

Dr. Andrew Rhyne: [showhide type=”links1″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”]
“I went to graduate school in 2000 to ‘raise clowntriggers’, typical over ambitious graduate student, and I ended up working on peppermint shrimp, Lysmata. Many of you know this plate well. I smile when I see it posted all over the internet on forums and websites. Few people know the story of making that plate a reality.
When Junda interviewed me for the position I told him I wanted to work with triggerfish. He said, ok, you can do that. I don’t know anything about them but I support you and help you where I can. I got to school, cleaned out the hex building at VBML, and spent 6 months trying to acquire broodstock. Then one-day Junda sat me down and asked ‘how long I planned on trying to work on those fish?’ Before I knew it, my thesis topic changed and I never looked back. As he explained it to me, I would always had a chance to work on fish in the future (in fact, I raised the first triggerfish in 2009). I only had 2 years to finish my Masters thesis, he didn’t allow anyone to spend more than 2 years on a Masters. Rather than just sit around spinning my wheels, why not work on something productive? Oh and by the way I have this guy (Ricardo Calado) that is going to come work with you for 3 months. See if you can do something interesting while he is here.
About a year later I walked into his office, randomly, without notice or appointment (he loved that about me, the randomness) and said Junda ‘I found some news species of peppermint shrimp in the Keys this weekend!’ He laughed and said, ‘come on Andy you can’t just walk into my office and announce that you have new species, what evidence do you have to support that?’
I spent few years answering that question and making new friends. I am not an alpha taxonomist, but Junda pushed me to answer the question and find people to help me to do that. Along the way I met Arthur Anker, a truly wonderful human and dear friend, and many other amazing people, Nikolaos Schizas, Curt Fiedler, etc.
The brilliance of Junda Lin was his eagerness to reach out and collaborate with people, without worrying about the egos or details involved. Science can get messy and sometimes ugly, only because people are involved. Junda ignored all of that. He met Ricardo’s adviser at a meeting and offered to host Ricardo for a few months, without concern of the details or products that would produced. His lab was always open and the results were almost always positive.
The day Ricardo walked into my lab changed both of our lives and made our careers. It is without question one of the single most important periods in our professional lives.“

Matt Pedersen –[showhide type=”links2″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”]MASNA, this is simply a brilliant idea. At a time when science is arguably under attack, and the traditional mode of journal access has left countless people out of the loop in the internet age, open-access publishing is truly needed and brings classic peer- reviewed science directly to the mainstream audience. This program furthers the educational mission at the heart of MASNA, and we are thrilled to be able to be among the first to support it.


Andy Hudson: [showhide type=”links3″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”]Dr. Lin was my undergraduate adviser when I was at FIT back from 1992-1994.  So sorry to hear of his passing.


Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas (Sino-Eco): [showhide type=”links4″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”]Dr. Junda Lin was a former president of the Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas (Sino-Eco). We are extremely sorry for his passing. We hope our donation help broaden the audience for more marine aquarium research works, and assist in making his legacy live on through the Memorial Publishing Fund.


John Scarpa: [showhide type=”links5″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”] Junda was a wonderful educator and colleague to many. I was fortunate to be a colleague and friend for many years.


LeRoy Creswell: [showhide type=”links6″ more_text=”More” less_text=”Less”] Junda and I were good friends as I was adjunct faculty at Florida Institute of Technology. We co-chaired many of his students, they did their ornamental research in my laboratory at Harbor Branch Oceanographic, and I was co-author on many of the publications.

Despite his declining health, Junda always had a happy smile and a friendly demeanor. We all miss him very much, and appreciate his visionary direction in the development of marine ornamental aquaculture. This fund his consistent with Junda’s philosophy and his writings throughout his career.



Successfully funded research

2017 Q1: Dr. John Majoris, of the Department of Biology and Marine Program at Boston University. Press release here. Paper here. Paper title: “Reproduction, early development, and larval rearing strategies for two sponge-dwelling neon gobies, Elacatinus lori and E. colini.

2017 Q2: Mr. Jason Selwyn, of the HoBi Lab, Department of Life Sciences, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Press release here. Paper here. Paper title: “Simulations indicate that scores of lionfish (Pterois volitans) colonized the Atlantic Ocean.

2018 Q2: Dr Laura Dee, assistant professor of conservation science based out of the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, Press release here. Paper here. Paper title: “Assessing Vulnerability of Fish in the U.S. Marine Aquarium Trade”

2018 Q3: Mr. Timothy Lyons, conservation scientist based out of the New Mexico BioPark Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Press Release here. Paper here. Paper title: “Characterizing the US trade in lionfishes”.

Dr. Junda Lin’s Biography

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Dr. Junda Lin

Dr. Junda Lin, 55, born on March 16, 1960, in China,
passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
Survived by his wife, Fanghua Wang, and sons, Kurt, and Kyle.

Dr. Junda Lin was a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology and the Director of the Institute for Marine Research (IMR). The IMR was designed to coordinate the management of shared marine facilities in the university, including the Vero Beach Marine Laboratory and the Evinrude Marine Operations Center. The IMR also encouraged inter-disciplinary research and integrates marine-related activities with external governmental and non-governmental institutions, foundations, agencies, and industry.

Dr. Lin’s Lab focused on the development of aquaculture technology for marine ornamental species to offset and replace wild collection. Extensive and destructive collection of these animals can directly deplete the target species that are already under threat from habitat loss or degradation and can indirectly damage the delicate coral reef ecosystem. Aquaculture of marine ornamental species is recognized as a viable alternative to wild collection. Dr. Lin’s lab studied the basic biological processes of several shellfish and fish species, evaluated their aquaculture potential, and developed cultivation technology.

Dr. Lin has mentored dozens of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of ornamental aquaculture including many in the marine ornamental trade and MASNA. His legacy will live on through the people he has inspired.


Dr. Lin in his algae lab.

Professional positions:

Professor, Florida Tech, 2002-2016
Associate Professor, Florida Tech, 1996-2002
Assistant Professor, Florida Tech, 1991-1996
Biostatistician, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1990-1991
Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center 1989-1990

Board of Directors, World Aquaculture Society, 2008-2011
Associate Editor, Journal of World Aquaculture, 2003-2016
Editorial Board, Journal of Shellfish Research, 2008-2016

A message from Fanghua Wang, Dr. Lin’s wife:

“Thank you so much for setting up the Junda Lin Memorial Fund. Junda loved to teach and conduct research. His passion for marine biology was obvious, and he always hoped that he could stir up the same passion in his students. Our congratulations go out to these well-deserving individuals and our family wishes them all good luck on their studies.”

Application for Open Access Article Publishing Funds

Please fill out the form found here to apply for funding. You can apply for the current round of applications or the following round.

Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application no matter the result. Contact with any questions.