The Dr. Junda Lin Memorial Fund

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

The goal of the fund is to off-set 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.

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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.

Selection Criteria

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 intent to declare a major/focus in one of the marine science disciplines.

Applicants must be the primary author on 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 acknowledgements section of the published article. Therefore, 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.

2019 Schedule

Application Period: January 1 – March 31, 2019. Announcement: April 19, 2019. 
Application Period: April 1 – June 30, 2019. Announcement: July 19, 2019.
Application Period: July 1 – September 30, 2019. Announcement: October 18, 2019. 
Application Period: October 1 – December 31, 2019. Announcement: January 17, 2020.


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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 is 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.”


Platinum: $4,000 +

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!

Messages from sponsors

Dr. Andrew Rhyne: 

Matt Pedersen –

Andy Hudson: 

Sino-Ecologists Association Overseas (Sino-Eco): 

John Scarpa

LeRoy Creswell: 


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 as to the outcome of their application no matter the result.

Contact with any questions.


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”.


MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs, individual hobbyists, and industry partners from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.

MASNA’s goals are to:

  • Educate our members with online and published material, the MACNA conference, and other sanctioned events
  • Assist in forming and promoting the growth of clubs within the hobby while ensuring a sustainable future for the marine environment
  • Support the efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting marine organisms through education, assistance and encouragement
  • Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support captive breeding/propagation efforts

Announcement Press Release Here.