Student Research

The following UNCW graduate students are conducting GISci research (in reverse chronological order).

Current Graduate Students:

Holly Gabries, MS candidate in the Marine Sciences Program. Thesis title: Land Cover Classification and Temporal Change Detection of Coastal Habitats Using IKONOS Imagery. Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls, Geography and Geology

Amanda Williams, MS candidate in the Marine Sciences Program. Thesis title: Mapping Land Cover Changeas an Indicator for Coral Reef Distribution at Boracay Island, Philippines. Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls, Geography and Geology

Carlos Zavalago, PhD candidate in Marine Biology. Dissertation topic: Spatial analysis of the blue-footed boobies of Peru using remote data trackers and environmental data such as sea surface temperature,chlorophyll a, and bathymetry. Advisor: Dr. Steve Emslie, Biology and Marine Biology

Amanda Maness, MS candidate in the Marine Sciences Program. Thesis title: Acoustic and visual seabed classification of Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern, Southeast Florida shelf. Advisor: Dr. Nancy Grindlay, Geography and Geology

Kassy Rodriguez, MS candidate in the Marine Sciences Program. Thesis topic: Use of high-resolution sidescan sonar and seismics to map historic oyster reefs in the Lower Cape Fear River. Advisor: Dr. Nancy Grindlay, Geography and Geology.

Lindsey Kraatz, MS candidate in the Geology Program. Thesis title: An assessment of back-barrier marsh habitat using historical aerial photography: Topsail Island, North Carolina. Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls, Geography and Geology.

Past Graduate Students:

Barbieri, Michelle, 2005, Physiological and Behavioral Thermoregulation in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) in Sarasota, Florida. Advisor: Dr. Ann Pabst, Biology and Marine Biology.

Hanby, Courtney, 2005. Use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Examine Bottlenose Dolphin Community Structure in Southeastern North Carolina. Co-Advisors: Dr. Joanne Halls, Geography and Geology, and Dr. Laela Sayigh, Biology and Marine Biology.

Landry, J. Brooke, 2005. Changes in the Distribution and Density of Florida Bay Macrophytes: 1995 - 2004. Advisor: Dr. Michael Durako, Biology and Marine Biology.

Reimer, Beth, 2004. Influences of Major Storm Events on Backbarrier Salt marsh Change: Masonboro Island, Southeastern North Carolina. Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard.

Manning, Christopher Brent, 2003. Topographic Analysis of the Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern Using a Multimedia Geographic Information System (GIS). Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls, Geography and Geology.

Miller, Shelly, 2002. An Examination of Phosphorus and Sediment Characteristics within Anthropogenically Impacted Estuarine Watersheds. Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard.

Minton, Jason, 2002. Habitat Relationships of Cranes in Northeast Asia: A GIS Analysis. Advisor: Dr. Steve Emslie, Biology and Marine Biology.

Whitfield, Paula, 2002. Recruitment, Survival and Growth of Thalassia Testudinum Seedlings in Physically Disturbed Seagradd Beds. Advisor: Dr. Michael Durako, Biology and Marine Biology.


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