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May 2014

melissa genazzio

Melissa Genazzio
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Rhode Island
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Durako
Committee Members: Drs. Fred Scharf and Robert Whitehead
Thesis:
Variation in photochemical efficiency of Thalassia testudinum, turtle grass, in response to repeated shading events
Plans upon entry into program:
Currently:

christopher resimius

Christopher Resimius
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Science & Biology; minor in chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Christopher Dumas and Tom Losordo
Thesis:
Production economics of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in a recirculating aquaculture system
Plans upon entry into program: During my time at UNCW I’d like to conduct research in the areas of aquaculture and economics, though in the future I would like to either start a career in commercial aquaculture or continue with doctoral research and pursue a career in higher education.
Currently: Municipal work, City of O'Fallon

amanda tedick

Amanda Tedick
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Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Undergraduate Major: BS in geology, BA in biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Chad Lane
Committee Members: Drs. Douglas Gamble, Patricia Kelley and Ralph Mead
Thesis:
Impacts of historic land clearance and sugarcane agriculture on soil erosion and transport in St. Croix, USVI
Plans upon entry into program: Complete my masters and then hopefully get a job in the government or a consulting firm
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erin udvare

Erin Udvare
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. Zachary Long and Richard Laws
Thesis:
Effects of sediment composition on microphytobenthic biomass
Plans upon entry into program: Work, research in a government position monitoring and managing marine resources.
Currently: Finishing up a project in Cahoon's lab and working in the microbiology teaching lab

andrew whitley

Andrew Whitley
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Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel HIll
Undergraduate Major: BS in Physics, BA in Music
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Dylan McNamara
Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Leonard and John Morrison
Thesis:
Improved numerical modeling of coastal response to wave climate change
Plans upon entry into program: I hope to one day either teach or work for the government, pursue a Ph.D., and make a positive contribution to the world.
Currently: Will attend Texas A&M Ph.D. program in oceanography
Honors: Andrew was the 2012 CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award recipient.

 

December 2013

lindsey hartrey

Lindsey Hartrey
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Undergraduate Institution: Michigan State University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Stephen Skrabel
Committee Members:
Thesis:

Plans upon entry into program: To get my masters in marine science, and afterwards is yet to be determined, but I hope to still be living by the coast!
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paula reidhaar

Paula Reidhaar
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Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Environmental Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Chad Lane
Committee Members: Drs. Michael Benedetti and Carmelo Tomas
Thesis:
Dinoflagellate cysts in sediments of Salt River Bay St. Croix, USVI
Plans upon entry into program: Go on to a career in coastal/marine conservation or research.
Currently:

 

Summer 2013

lauren bohrer

Lauren Bohrer
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Undergraduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Science; minors in environmental science and biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Committee Members:
Thesis:
Primary production in freshwater to oligohaline tidal creeks
Plans upon entry into program: To get a Ph.D.
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laura foley

Laura Foley
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Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science, minor in Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. G. Brooks Avery
Committee Members: Drs. Robert Keiber, Ralph Mead, Stephen Skrabal and Robert Whitehead
Thesis:
Occurrence and variation of ethanol in fresh surface waters in southeastern North Carolina
Plans upon entry into program: I'm interested in pursuing a career in
education and/or research, preferably something involving scuba diving
Currently: Hope to be starting a PhD program in Fall of 2014, and in the meantime plan on teaching scuba diving and/or marine science

tyler gibson

Tyler Gibson
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Michael Mallin, Robert Whitehead and Thomas M. Losordo (NCSU)
Thesis:
Evaluation of chemical polymers applied as coagulation aids for removal of suspended solids from intensive marine recirculating aquaculture system effluent discharge
Plans upon entry into program: I would like to continue learning about aquaculture, and eventually have my own facility where I can put my work to good use.
Currently: Seeking employment in marine aquaculture industry
Honors: Tyler won an award for his presentation at the 2013 Aquaculture Engineering Society meeting in Nashville, TN. His paper was also featured in the Spring 2013 issue of AES News.

william mcburney

William McBurney
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Undergraduate Institution: NC State
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science – Biological Concentration
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. Frederick Bingham and Christopher Finelli
Thesis:
Determining benthic primary production using the Eddy Correlation method in an aquatic system
Plans upon entry into program:
Work as a lab technician doing research on phytoplankton and/or benthic production
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matthew mccarthy

Matthew McCarthy
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Undergraduate Major: BA in Anthropology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls
Committee Members: Drs. Eman Ghoniem and J. Wilson White
Thesis:
Satellite imagery habitat mapping and change assessment of coastal environments (Masonboro Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, North Carolina, USA)
Plans upon entry into program:
Pursue a Ph.D. in oceanography to teach and do research at a higher education institution.
Currently: Enrolled in the Marine Science Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, FL. Matt's dissertation is focused on using satellite technology and long-term in situ data to assess current water quality in the coastal Gulf of Mexico and Puerto Rico as well as trends related to climate change, and the effects of extreme events on water quality in these areas.
Honors: Matt was the Herb Stout Student Award winner for the 2011 NC GIS Conference, representing UNC Wilmington in the graduate category, February 17-18, 2011. He also received a Hydrographic Society of America 2012-2013 Scholarship Award for his research in coastal GIS; he will submit a technical paper to the US Hydro Conference in March of 2013. Matt was also the recipient of the UNCW Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Matt has also been awarded the 2012 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. This is an award given by NOAA to honor American people and organizations for outstanding contributions in helping the Nation maintain healthy coastal and ocean resources.

daniel russo

Daniel Russo
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Undergraduate Institution: University of South Carolina
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Stephen Kinsey and Pamela Seaton
Thesis: Effects of feeding frequency of live prey on larval growth, survival, resistance to hyposaline stress, Na+/K+ ATPase activity and fatty acid profiles in black sea bass Centropristis striata
Goals upon entry into program:
Environmental education
Currently: Working for MarineQuest over the summer as a Day Staff Instructor, and will be looking for jobs in the Environmental Education Field as well as Aquarist and Park Ranger positions throughout the Southeast
Honors:
Winner of the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section travel grant for his abstract of a paper presented at the Aquaculture America 2012 meeting in Las Vegas.

walker wright-moore

Walker Wright-Moore
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
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Thesis:
Induced spawning of F1 and wild-caught southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) with piscine and mammalian GnRH analogs: effects of hormone dose on egg production and quality
Plans upon entry into program: Continue research into addressing the primary biotechnical constraints of the developing mariculture industry
Currently:
Honors:
Recipient of the "Best Student Abstract Award" from the American Fisheries Society-Fish Culture Section which included a monetary award of $250, at Aquaculture America 2011, a national aquaculture conference.

 

May 2013

deena anderson

Deena Anderson
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Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Behavior
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Fred Scharf
Committee Members: Drs. Amanda Southwood Williard, Thomas Lankford, and Jack Hall
Thesis:
Size-selective patterns and mechanisms of juvenile red drum mortality as a result of variable winter severity
Plans upon entry into program: To create sustainable fish stocks through research and outreach
Currently: Biologist with TetraTech consulting firm in Manchester, NH starting at the end of May
Honors: Recipient of the Got-Em-On-Live Bait Fisheries Graduate fellowship for the 2011-2012 Academic Year.

josh humphreys

Joshua Humphreys
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Arkansas
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Soil and Water Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Joan Willey
Committee Members: Drs. Doug Gamble, G. Brooks Avery, Robert Kieber and Ralph Mead
Thesis:
Effect of fossil fuel derived ligands on the stability of Fe(II) in rainwater and seawater
Plans upon entry into program:
I would like to get more in to the sustainability of resources and even organic/low impact growing of terrestrial and aquatic food resources
Currently: Working as a field researcher with Monsanto in Peoria, IL

sarah mallette

Sarah Mallette
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Undergraduate Institution: George Mason University
Undergraduate Major: Integrative Studies Conservation Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. D. Ann Pabst
Committee Members: Drs. Heather Koopman, Fred Scharf, Joan Willey and Dr. Randy Wells (Chicago Zoological Society, Sarasota, FL)
Thesis:
Ontogenetic allometry and body composition of the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from the US Mid-Atlantic
Plans upon entry into program:
My ultimate goal is to make a significant difference in marine science and conservation. My immediate goal is to build upon existing knowledge and experience to develop a comprehensive scientific understanding and skill set, thus preparing me for a future pursuing research and academia in marine science and biology.
Currently:

emily probst

Emily Probst
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Ralph Mead
Committee Members: Drs. G. Brooks Avery, Robert Kieber and Stephen Skrabal
Thesis:
Improved analysis of PbTx-2 and its sedimentary photorelease
Plans upon entry into program:
To obtain my masters and do chemical and/or biological research with sharks
Currently:

 

December 2012

nikki byrd

Jade "Nikki" Byrd
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Undergraduate Institution: Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN
Undergraduate Major: BS in Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. G. Brooks Avery
Committee Members:
Thesis:
Plans upon entry into program: Research, working at a government institution such as NOAA, policy
Currently: Working as an Inorganics Lab Analyst with MicroBac in Maryville, TN doing environmental and food testing.

matthew dawson

Matthew Dawson
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science & Biology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members:
Drs. Pamela Seaton and Md. Shah Alam
Thesis:
Evaluation of Alternative Protein Sources to Fish Meal in Practical Diets for Juvenile Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata and Southern Flounder Paralichthys lethostigma
Plans upon entry into program:
To manage a commercial aquaculture facility, continue research in marine recirculating systems, or pursue a PhD and teach.
Currently: Recently hired as an Aquatic Research Associate for Walt Disney World Resort.
Honors: Recipient of the 2010 CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Matt also won two awards while attending the Aquaculture 2010 conference in San Diego, CA. The first was a Student Travel Award ($250) from the American Fisheries Society Fish Culture Section, andthe other was a Best Abstract/Travel Award ($300) from the United States Aquaculture Society (USAS). Recipient of the "Best Student Abstract Award" from the American Fisheries Society-Fish Culture Section which included a monetary award of $250, at Aquaculture America 2011, a national aquaculture conference.

alyssa wetterauer

Alyssa Wetterauer
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Undergraduate Institution: Eureka College
Undergraduate Major: BS in Chemistry, Environmental Science and Spanish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Skrabal
Committee Members:
Thesis:
Plans upon entry into program: To continue to work in research that targets conservation of marine ecosystems. Maybe take a year off to do some volunteering before continuing on towards a PhD.
Currently: Working as a research technician on a mercury accumulation project with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD.



Summer 2012

zack williams

Zachary Williams
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Physics, mathematics minor
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Dylan McNamara
Committee Members: Drs. John Morrison and Peter Schuhmann
Thesis: Modeling Coupled Human Coastline Systems: Nourishment Suckers and the Benefits of Coordinated Management
Goals upon entry into program:
Complete my masters degree, pursue a Ph.D., and contribute to science
Currently: A lecturer for the UNCW Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography.

cory darnell

April Zilg
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Steve Ross
Committee Members:
Thesis:
Plans upon entry into program: Take a year off to travel the world, gain more work experience, and then go back to school again.
Currently: Traveling in India.
Honors:
April is the 2010-2011 winner of the UNCW Public Service Educational Fellowship.This requires 40 hours of educational outreach activities in marine science.

 

May 2012

dustin allen

Dustin Allen
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Undergraduate Institution:
UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Major:
Biology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Ami Wilbur, Robert Whitehead, and Tom Losordo (NCSU)
Thesis: Effluent Management in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Using the Diatom, Chaetoceros Gracilis and the Eastern Oyster, Crassostrea virginica. (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To gain a greater understanding of recirculating aquaculture system and ideally open my own facility after graduation
Currently:
Dustin will be starting a marketing and development company, Allen Seafood, to provide a hassle free sales source for NC aquaculture products. Allen Seafood will target 4th quarter, 2013 as the opening date for its own aquaculture facility producing fresh water prawn, hybrid stripped bass and development of inland culture of Black Seabass.
Honors: Dustin received the CMS Graduate Teaching Award in 2009. He was also the recipient of the United States Aquaculture Society (a Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society) Student Travel Award. Dustin was selected from the pool of student members of the U.S. Aquaculture Society who submitted abstracts for presentation at Aquaculture America, February 2009 in Seattle. His selection was based on a well written abstract which demonstrated high scientific merit.

cory darnell

Cory Darnell
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Undergraduate Institution: Catawba College
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science w/a chemical concentration
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Eric Henry
Committee Members: Drs. Larry Cahoon and Doug Gamble
Thesis:
Storm Event Influences on Tidal Creek Temperature Behavior, Wilmington, North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Obtain a PhD in a marine science-related field, conduct research and get a job focused on protecting coastal ecosystems and resources.
Currently: Pursuing job in Geographic Information Systems or PhD work.
Honors: Cory received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2011. Cory also earned the graduate GIS certificate along with his M.S.

christopher holland

W. Christopher Holland
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Undergraduate Institution:UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Major:
Geology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Committee Members: Drs. John Morrison and Wayne Litaker
Thesis:
Hemolytic Activity of Six Carribean Gambierdiscus Species (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
Chris was working at the NOAA lab in Beaufort throughout his graduate program.  
Currently: Continuing working at the NOAA lab in Beaufort NC as a biological technician

jacqueline corbett

Jacqueline Corbett Howarth
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Maine at Machias
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Durako
Committee Members: Drs. Chris Finelli and Rob Whitehead
Thesis:
Diurnal Variation in Chlorophyll Fluorescence and Pigments of Thalassia testudinum in Response to Salinity and Light (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To pursue a Ph.D. and become a successful researcher and perhaps teach at an educational institution
Currently: Working as an environmental technician at Normandeau Associates in Manchester, New Hampshire
Honors: Jackie completed the marine science policy concentration along with her M.S. degree.

brennan carter

Brennan Carter Opanasenko
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology; minor in chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Pamela Seaton
Committee Members: Drs. Robert Kieber, Joan Willey, and Doug Gamble
Thesis:
Characterization of Rainwater Dissolved Organic Matter by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Uncertain
Currently: Searching for jobs in education and outreach
Honors: Brennan received the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2011.

lindsay haus

Lindsay Haus Rukenbrod
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: James Madison University and UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Finance, international business; non-degree seeking in biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Craig Bailey
Committee Members: Drs. Jeremy Morgan, Wilson Freshwater and Allison Taylor
Thesis:
Plastid-Targeted Proteins Are Absent From the Proteomes of Achyla hypogyna and Thraustotheca clavata (Oomycota, Stramenopila): Implications for the Origin of Chromalveolate Plastids and the 'Green Gene' Hypothesis
(pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Uncertain
Currently:
Remaining in the Wilmington area and find a job related to my degree!

liz steffy

Elizabeth Steffy
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: James Madison University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Committee Members: Drs. Michael Mallin and Stephen Skrabal
Thesis:
Effects of Organic and Inorganic Nitrogen and Phosphorus on the Survivability of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Two Watersheds in Wilmington, NC (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To further study Marine Science
Currently: Beginning another masters program at Vermont Law School in Environmental Law and Policy
Honors: Liz completed the marine policy concentration along with her M.S. degree.

brandy velten

Brandy Velten
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Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. D. Ann Pabst
Committee Members: Drs. Stephen Kinsey, Richard Dillaman, Christoper Halkides
Thesis:
A Comparative Study of the Locomotor Muscle of Extreme, Deep-Diving Cetaceans (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Pursue a PhD in marine biology
Currently: Pursuing a PhD at the University of Toronto working with Dr. Ken Welch
Honors: Recipient of the “Best Pre-doctoral Poster Presentation Award” at the International 19th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, held the first week of December 2011 in Tampa, FL. Additionally, Brandy has been awarded the prestigious Trilliam Scholarship by the University of Toronto, which will provide full support for four years as she enters their Ph.D. program to study muscle physiology and energetics of flight in hummingbirds and bats.

 


Summer 2011

dana friend

Dana Friend
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Undergraduate Institution:Cornell College, Iowa
Undergraduate Major:BS in Environmental Science; minor in geology
Graduate Advisor:Dr. Patricia Kelley
Committee Members: Drs. J. Wilson White and Gregory P. Dietl (Paleontological Research Institution)
Thesis:
Foraging Strategies of Euspira heros and Testing Coevolutionary Alternation in the Modern Naticid Gastropod Predator-Prey System (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Earn my masters, possibly a Ph.D. And somewhere along the way, I’d like to design an eco-friendly aquarium exhibit that allows the organisms to live in the most realistic environment possible.
Currently: Pursuing a PhD in paleontology from Cornell University.
Honors: Recipient of the Robert J. Stanton & James R. Dodd Award from the Paleontological Society Student Research Grants Committee. This award honors contributions to the field of paleontology.

yossi shirazi

Yossi Shirazi
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Undergraduate Institution:
University of Maryland
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology, Environmental Restoration
Graduate Advisor:Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. Eric Henry and Michael Mallin
Thesis: Removal Rates and Substrate Adhesion of Fecal Bacteria in a North Carolina Constructed Stormwater Wetland (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To earn a Ph.D. and promote more sustainable land use policies and practices
Currently: Beginning a PhD program at the University of Delaware in Energy and Environmental Policy, where he plans on studying environmental decision-making.

kelly jo stull

Kelly Jo Stull
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Undergraduate Institution:
James Cook University, Australia
Undergraduate Major:
Marine Biology
Graduatte Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members:
Drs. Tom Lankford and Richard Laws
Thesis:
Zooplankton abundance in the surf zone of renourished beaches in Southeastern North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:Continue on to a Ph.D. program dealing with climate change and health of the oceans
Currently:

 

May 2011

matthew lettrich

Matthew Lettrich
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major(s): Marine Biology, Spanish
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Craig Tobias
Committee Members: Drs. Eric Henry and Larry Cahoon
Thesis: Nitrogen advection and denitrification loss in southeastern North Carolina salt marshes (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
Consulting or Education, or making hammocks on a tropical island
Currently: After graduating, Matt worked with NOAA Estuarine Reserve Division as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. He is now a Science Education Analyst at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

jennie mcclain

Tim Metevelis
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Undergraduate Institution:
Undergraduate Major: Geography
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Doug Gamble
Committee Members: Drs. Frederick Bingham and John Morrison
Thesis:
Spatial Variation in El Nino Southern Oscillation Influence Upon Puerto Rico Precipitation (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
To develop and prove my skills as a successful researcher in environmental studies
Currently:

andria salas

Andria Salas
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
Grand Valley State University (MI)
Undergraduate Major:
Biology, aquatic science emphasis
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Stuart Borrett
Committee Members: Drs. Michael McCartney and Dylan McNamara
Thesis: Indirect Effects in Trophic and Evolutionary Networks (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Pursue a PhD and then hope to get a research position focusing on marine ecology and conservation
Currently: Pursuing a PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin
Honors: Recipient of the 2009 CMS Scholastic Achievement Award




December 2010

jennie mcclain-counts

Jennie McClain-Counts
Email: or
Undergraduate Institution:UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology, minor in chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Steve Ross
Committee Members: Drs. Lawrence Cahoon and Joan Willey
Thesis: Trophic structure of midwater fishes over cold seeps in the North central Gulf of Mexico (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: I'm not entirely sure where I want to end up yet, but I hope to obtain a job involving research, particularly deep-sea. Of course, life's a journey, so I'll see where the next few years take me.
Honors: Accumulated 121 days of ship time, including 4 submersible dives on the Johnson-Sea Link
Currently: Jennie started working as a biologist with the US Geological Survey in Gainesville, FL beginning January 2011. Prior to this position, she was a graduate research assistant in the Ross ichthyology/fish ecology lab at CMS.

MMS Graduates
Summer 2010

emily gould

Emily Gould
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Undergraduate Institution: Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Geology Faculty Advisors:Dr. Patricia Kelley
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Patricia Kelley
Committee Members:
Drs. Gregory Dietl and Richard Laws
Thesis: Unexpected rates of cannibalism under-competitive conditions by the naticid gastropod Neverita duplicata (Say) (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
To work for NOAA or a state department; fusing my studies of geology (paleo) and biology for a research or conservation position.
Currently: An Environmental Field Technician for Fortis Environmental Group in Tallahassee, FL.

Matthew Hirsch

Matt Hirsch
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Bongkeun Song
Committee Members: Drs. Craig Tobias and Larry Cahoon
Thesis: ANNAMOX and Denitrification in the Cape Fear River Estuary: ANAMMOX Bacterial Diversity and Significance in Sedimentary Nitrogen Removal
(pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To teach and learn
Currently: Working for the Sea Education Association (SEA) as an Assistant Scientist.
Honors: First recipient of the Public Service Educational Fellowship 2008-2009. This requires 40 hours of educational outreach activities in marine science

nadya mamoozadeh

Nadya Mamoozadeh
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wilson Freshwater
Committee Members: Drs. Craig Bailey and Nancy Grindlay
Thesis: Morphological and Molecular Analyses of Polysiphonia sensu lato in Southern Central America and the Caribbean (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Research concerning ecology of fisheries through a government organization or maybe teaching
Currently: Research technician in a Cystic Fibrosis research lab at the UNC Medical School, Chapel Hill, NC
Honors: Recipient of the 2009 CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

lauren thompson

Lauren Thompson
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology and (minor) Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Brooks Avery
Committee members: Drs. Robert Kieber, Ralph Mead, Melissa Southwell and Jennifer Culbertson
Thesis:
The Impact of Sea Level Rise on the Photolytic Release from Resuspended River and Estuarine Sediments (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
Currently: Working with Friends of the Rappahannock and Americorps in environmental education in Virginia.

Jan Vicente

Jan Vicente
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Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Wright
Committee Members: Drs. Bongkeun Song, D. Wilson Freshwater, and Pamela Seaton
Thesis: Biodiversity of Culturable Actinomycetes Associated to Caribbean Sponges and Their Metabolic Profiles (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To earn a Ph.D. in marine biology focusing on marine invertebrate ecology, teach at a University, and travel the world in my future sail boat
Currently: Enrolled in a Ph.D. program at University of Maryland Center of Marine Biotechnology (COMB)
Honors: First recipient of the Public Service Educational Fellowship 2008-2009. This requires 40 hours of educational outreach activities in marine science.

MMS Graduates
May 2010

michael taylor

Michael Taylor
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Georgia
Undergraduate Major: Physics
Graduate Advisors: Dr. John Morrison and Fred Bingham
Committee Member: Dr. Lynn Leonard
Thesis:
Wind-Driven Vertical Mixing and Sediment Resuspension During Fall Transition Storms in Onslow Bay, North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:To get an exciting job involving coastal research
Currently: Environmental Scientist IV working with Technical Data Processing and Hydroacoustics for the environmental consulting firm Normandeau Associates, Inc. in Bedford, New Hampshire (corporate headquarters)
Honors: Recipient of the James F. Merritt Fellowship, 2006-2008; and the Ralph W. Brauer Fellowship from the UNCW Graduate School to cover travel expenses for a 2007 summer course in “Remote and In Situ Ocean Optical Measurements to Ocean Biogeochemistry” at the University of Maine, Ira Darling Marine Laboratory, in Walpole, Maine.

MMS Graduates
December 2009

Joann Kelly

Joann Kelly

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Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Committee Members: Drs. D. Wilson Freshwater, Lawrence Cahoon and Stephen Skrabal
Thesis: The Effect of Nutrient Limitation on the Growth and Toxicity of the Dinoflagellate Gyrodinium instriatum (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:Earn a master's degree and learn about algae and marine science!
Currently: Working as an Associate Scientist in the Immunochemistry Department with PPD in Richmond VA
Honors
: Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award, 2008 UNCW Graduate School Summer Research Stipend, and the 2008 CMS Academic Achievement Award for having the highest GPA of first year students in the MS Marine Science Program. Joann also received Honorable Mention for her oral presentation on her research at the Southeastern Phycological Colloquy in Valdosta, Georgia, October 2009.

Andrew Ostrowski

Andy Ostrowski
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Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Thomas Shafer, Frederick Scharf, and John Burke
Thesis:
Effects of Salinity and Temperature on the Growth, Survival, Whole Body Osmolality, Stress Resistance, and mRNA Expression of NA+/K+ -ATPase in Red Porgy (Pagrus pagrus) Larvae (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Continue red porgy research and garner a better understanding of Statistics by completing the certificate program
Currently: Marine Biologist, NOAA, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, NC
Honors: Recipient of Student Travel Award from the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society, February 2009. This award is for student travel support, and based on where the students are in their career, the likelihood of the student becoming productive members of the section, and the quality and originality of their research. Andy was also the first student to complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in applied statistics along with the MS in marine science.

john rose

John Rose
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
UVA
Undergraduate Major:
Environmental Science Graduate Advisor: Dr. William Cleary
Committee Members:
Drs. Michael Smith and Paul Hosier
Thesis:
Impact of Natural and Artificial Ebb Channel Position Realignment on Oceanfront Shoreline Change (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Work in coastline consulting
Currently:
Working as a Geologist with Coastal Planning and Engineering in Wilmington. He is running geophysical surveys searching for sand off of the Chandeleur Islands to be used in constructing the sand berms to contain oil in the Gulf of Mexico in the summer of 2010. He isenjoying the work and the opportunity to apply whathe learned atUNCW toward hopefully protecting critical wetland areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

andrew sumerel

Andrew Sumerel
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Charlotte
Undergraduate Major: Physics and Math
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Chris Finelli
Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Leonard and Martin Posey
Thesis: Flume Study Of Particle-size-dependent Filtration Rates Of A Solitary Ascidian: The Influence Of Body Size, Flow Speed And Drag (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Stay young! Expand my interest to other sciences.
Currently: Instructor at Cape Fear Community College
Honors: Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award, and the 2009 CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Avery Tatters

Avery O. Tatters
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Committee Members: Drs. Joan Willey and Ryan Van Wagoner
Thesis: Environmental Regulation of Cyclo-Imine Neurotoxin Production and Hemolytic Activity in the Dinoflagellate Alexandrium peruvianum (Balech et Mendiola) Balech et Tangen (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
To conduct independent research at an academic institution
Currently: In the Marine Environmental Biology doctoral program at the University of Southern California
Honors: 2008 CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

MMS Graduates
Summer 2009

Jennifer Dickson Brown

Jennifer Dickson Brown
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science and a minor in Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. G. Brooks Avery
Committee Members: Drs. Robert Kieber, Ralph Mead and Jennifer Culbertson
Thesis: Optical Properties of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Carbon as a Tracer of Terrestrial Carbon to the Coastal Ocean (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To become an efficient research scientist and to learn as much as possible
Currently: Worked as an environmental educator at the natural science museum in Durham for one summer, then enrolled in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Science at NCSU, working in marine geochemistry. Her goal is to teach at a university one day.
Honors: 2008 recipient of the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award.

amber morris

Amber Morris
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisors: Dr. Fred Scharf and Dr. Mark Imperial
Committee Members: Drs. Stuart Borrett and Mark Helvey (National Marine Fisheries Service)
Thesis: Space and Place in Fisheries: Investigating Catch Controls in View of Marine Protected Areas and Spatial Stock Structure (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To encourage society's understanding and enjoyment of the oceans while keeping fish and fisherpeople in and on the water and omega-3 on our plates
Currently: Working at the SW Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Long Beach, CA as a Fishery Policy Analyst.

ebenezer nyadjro

Ebenezer Nyadjro
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: University of Ghana
Undergraduate Major: Oceanography and Fisheries
Graduate Advisor: Dr. John M. Morrison
Committee Members: Drs. Frederick M. Bingham and Daniel Kamykowski (NCSU)
Thesis: Spatial and temporal dynamics of benthic chlorophyll formation on the northwest Florida continental shelf (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To be a physical oceanographer, teach and conduct research in an academic institution.
Currently: Enrolled in the Marine Science Ph.D. program at University of South Carolina
Honors: First graduate recipient of Gillings Fellowship in Spring 2009 for a three month research at the National Oceanography Center, University of Southampton, UK. Recipient of Ralph W. Brauer Fellowship from the UNCW Graduate School, to cover travel expenses to California to participate in a research and training cruise on the SEA Education Association (SEA) sailing research vessel SSV Robert C. Seamans in the summer of 2008. Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award.

kassy rodriguez

Kassy Rodriguez
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
Florida Atlantic University
Undergraduate Major:
Geology
Graduate Advisor:
Drs.Lewis Abrams and Nancy Grindlay
Committee Members:
Dr. Martin Posey and Mr. Troy Alphin
Thesis:
Mapping oyster reefs using sidescan sonar and seismic sub-bottom profiling, Cape Fear River, southeastern North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:
To continue my education to the doctoral level and teach and perform research in a university.
Currently: Working at ExxonMobil as a Computing Geoscientist, Houston, TX

MMS Graduates
May 2009

jennifer bagwell

Jennifer Bagwell
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. B.K. Song
Committee Members: Drs. Craig Tobias, Susanna L�pez-Legentil and Alison Taylor
Thesis: Transcriptional Regulation of Nitrogen Uptake and Assimilation in Marine Diatoms; Thalassiosira pseudonana and Thalassiosira weissflogii (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To obtain a graduate degree that will ultimately allow me to pursuea career in biotechnology
Currently:Lab Manager at the Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC, and research technician in a zebrafish genetics and development laboratory
Honors: Graduate summer stipend recipient 2008

sarah katharine braly

Sarah Katharine Braly
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Paul Hosier
Committee Members: Drs. Ann Stapleton and Dargon Frierson
Thesis: Environmental Variables Influencing Sexual Reproduction of Sea Oats, Uniola paniculata (Poaceae) Across a Natural Dune Field on Bear Island, North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Coastal management/biological planning of developments
Currently: Environmental consultant at CZR (Coastal Zone Resources), Wilmington.
Honors: 2008 recipient of the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

kim duernberger

Kim Duernberger
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Undergraduate Major: Biology, minor in Environmental Studies
Graduate Advisors: Drs. Michael Mallin & Craig Tobias
Committee Members: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Thesis: Tracing Nitrogen Transformations through the Food Chain in an Urbanized Tidal Creek (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Save the planet. Yes, I have high ambitions.
Currently: Research scientist working with Drs. BK Song and Craig Tobias at UNCW in collaboration with UCONN - Avery Point. Subject areas include biochemistry and molecular biology exploring the nutrient dynamics within estuaries as well as geochemistry interactions in streams and rivers. Kim has interests in conservation science and sustainable development.
Honors: Recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award

amanda williams

Amanda Williams
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: James Madison University
Undergraduate Major: Geographic Sciences
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls
Committee Members: Drs. Craig Tobias and Chris Dumas
Thesis: Mapping Land use Change as an Indicator for Live Coral Cover at Boracay Island, Philippines (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Earn a PhD in GIS and marine sciences. Also, tocontribute to the ocean sciences through research at the global scale,provide survey data to local resource managers and assist in marine science education
Currently: Marine Science GIS Analyst at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation in Landover, MD. Tasks include graphic and web design, short film editing,coral reef transect analysis and Geographic Information System mapping
Honors:2007 recipient of the Jordan Lyle Viders Memorial Award, Women Divers Hall of Fame. This award provides $5000 for field work expenses, and the recipient is recognized at the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences/NOGI awardsdinner, Orlando, Florida, November 1, 2007. Recipient of the G. Herbert Stout Student Speaker Award at the NC GIS Conference in March 2007

josephine yavari

Josephine Yavari
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Joan Willey
Committee Members: Drs. Stephen Skrabal and Bongkeun Song
Thesis: Temporal Variability of Iron Speciation in Rainwater and its Impact on the Biogeochemical Cycling of Iron in Seawater (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: To attend medical school
Currently: Enrolled in the Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD program at George Mason University andalso working at the Alexandria Sanitation Authority
Honors: Recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award

MMS Graduates
December 2008

tara  casazza

Tara Casazza
E-mail:
Undergraduate institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Advisors: Drs. Steven Ross, Thomas Lankford and Joan Willey
Thesis: Community Structure and Diets of Fishes Associated with Pelagic Sargassum and Open-Water Habitats off North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Continue to work in fisheries. I want to make a difference when it comes to our oceans.
Currently:
Coastal and deep-sea fisheries research associate, CMS

taylor graham

Taylor Graham
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Miami
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science/Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Craig Tobias
Committee Members: Drs. Steven Skrabal and Bongkeun Song
Thesis: Nitrate Recycling versus Removal in the Cape Fear River Estuary (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Get a decent job after graduation
Currently: Working for Thermo Fisher Scientific as a Noble Gas and IRMS Field Service Engineer
Honors: Most days at sea to date, 143 days at sea, 6 cruises from 2002-2006. Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award.

danelle lekan

Danelle Lekan
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Marine Biology, minor in chemistry
Graduatte Advisor: Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Committee Members: Drs. Daniel Baden and Susan Simmons (Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics)
Thesis: Influence of temperature, salinity and nutrients on growth and toxin profiles of Karenia brevis clones (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Earn my Ph.D., teach and research in a field where I have the opportunity to be outside
Currently: Earning her PhD in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her PhD research focuses on the design, monitoring and assessment of New Zealand marine protected areas.
Honors: 2007 recipient of CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

sarah manley

Sarah Manley
Email: or
Undergraduate Institution: Westfield State College (MA)
Undergraduate Major: B.S. General Science, Minor in Chemistry, Concentration in Education (grades 5-8)
Advisor: Dr. Joan Willey
Committee Members: Drs. Carrie Miller, Robert Kieber and Michael Mallin
Thesis: Influence of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) on Mercury Speciation and Reactivity in Rainwater (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Research mercury chemistry in rainwater
Currently: Working in Northborough, MA, doing environmental chemistry research and quality control work for the company SolmeteX/Layne Christensen, a company with expertise in the geosciences and a developer of specialized chemistries and processes for the cost-effective removal of regulated toxins from both drinking water and wastewater.
Honors: 2006 recipient of CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

mary rena spivey

Mary Rena Spivey
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: NCSU
Undergraduate Major: Biological sciences
Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Committee Members: Drs. Bongkeun Song and Parke Rublee (Department of Biology, UNCG)
Thesis: The use of PCR and T-RFLP as a Means of Identifying Sources of Fecal Bacteria Pollution in the Tidal Creeks of New Hanover County, North Carolina (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:undecided
Currently: Research Technician in the CMS Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
Honors: Recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award.

katherine sullivan

Katherine Sullivan
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Wake Forest University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Frederick Scharf and Pamela Seaton
Thesis: Replacement of Fish Meal by Alternative Protein Sources in Diets for Juvenile Black Sea Bass (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Uncertain at this time, but I am interested in work in aquaculture, environmental consulting and environmental education.
Currently: Taking care of two small sons, and also working as a high school science and math tutor
Honors:
2007 recipient of CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

laura truxal

Laura Truxal
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
Texas A&M University
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Baden
Committee Members: Drs. Andrea Bourdelais, Pamela Seaton and Sridhar Varadarajan
Thesis:
Characterization of Novel Compounds Isolated from Karenia brevis Cultures (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program:To continue doing research for a university or oceanographic institution
Currently: Research Technician in geochemistry, School of Oceanography, University of Washington
Honors: 2007 recipient of CMS Scholastic Achievement Award

james wilde

James Wilde
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: NC State University
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Microbiology
Advisors: Drs. Wade Watanabe and Chris Dumas
Committee Members: Drs. Christopher Dumas (Dept. of Economics & Finance) and Thomas Losordo (Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NCSU) (pdf)
Thesis: Analysis of a niche market for farm-raised black sea bass, Centropristis striata, in North Carolina
Plans upon entry into program: Private mariculture industry, maximizing profits and eco-friendly techniques
Currently: Conducting marketing research for farm-raised black sea bass in several large US metropolitan areas. In August 2009 entered a Ph.D. program in international marketing of farm raised organic seafood, University of Plymouth, England

MMS Graduates
May 2008

meghan chafee

Meghan Chafee
Email:
Undergraduate Institution:
College of Charleston
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. J. Craig Bailey
Committee Members: Drs. Lawrence Cahoon, Lynn Leonard and Bongkeun Song
Thesis: A Genetic Marker for Coastal Diatoms Based on psbA (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: I hope to pursue a career in conservation genetics or evolution and perhaps someday obtain a PhD
Currently: First a research technician at Vanderbilt Univ. in TN, currently a research technician at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Honors: Recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award.

ned durant

Ned DuRant
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Environmental Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Committee Members: Drs. Larry Cahoon and John Morrison
Thesis: The Cape Fear River Plume as a Zone of Enhanced Secondary Production (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: I plan to earn a Ph.D., teach and do research at a university, travel all seven continents with my wife and son, and continue to rock out!
Currently: Employed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

barbara jacobson

Barbara Jacobson Smith
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Pembroke
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Biology & Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Richard Satterlie
Committee Members: Drs. Richard Dillaman, Julian Keith and Stephen Kinsey
Thesis: A comparison of the muscular organization of the rhopalial stalk in Cubomedusae (Cnidaria) (pdf)
Plans upon entry into program: Obtain a Ph.D. in marine science/biology. Work at an academic institution and/or marine science laboratory.
Currently: a Research Technician Supervisor at the Johns Hopkins Universityin Baltimore, MD
Honors: 2006 recipient of the CMS Scholastic Achievement Award and 2007 recipient of the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award.

MMS Graduates
December 2007

chris canaday

Chris Canaday
E-mail:

Undergraduate institution: North Carolina State University

Undergraduate Major: Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Fred Bingham

Committee Members: Drs. Harvey Seim (UNCCH) and Russ Herman

Thesis: Barotropic M2 Tidal Analysis of Onslow Bay

Plans upon entry into program: Scientific position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or pursue a Ph.D.

Currently: Working as a civil engineer at Tripp Engineering in Wilmington, NC

renee harrington

Renee Harrington

Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Southampton College of Long Island University, NY

Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Science Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon

Committee Members: Dr. Michael Mallin and Dr. Eric Henry

Thesis Title: Investigation of microbial contamination of sediment and water at boat ramps

Plans upon entry into program: Conduct water quality research; work in the Environmental/Natural Resources field

Currently: Environmental Analyst/Consultant for TEC, Inc., Santa Barbara, California

jaclyn pitt

Jaclyn Pitt

Email:

Undergraduate Institution: UNCW

Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Robert Kieber

Committee Members: Drs. Jeffrey Wright, Stephen Skrabal and Thomas Schuster

Thesis title: Photochemistry of Brevetoxin Produced by the Dinoflagellate Karenia Brevis

Plans upon entry into program: To pursue a career managing coastal water quality

Currently: Working as an environmental lab technician at ElementOne Laboratories, Wilmington, NC

rob reger

Rob Reger

Email:

Undergraduate Institution: West Virginia University

Undergraduate Major: Animal/Veterinary Science and Spanish

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carm Tomas

Committee Members: Dr. Richard Laws and Dr. Richard Dillaman

Thesis title: Biology and Seasonal Distribution of Hermesinum adriaticum in the New River of North Carolina (pdf)

Plans upon entry into program:marine related Ph.D.

Currently: Rob Reger is a Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD

gwen shaughnessy

Gwen Shaughnessy

Email:

Undergraduate Institution: California State U Long Beach

Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. G. Brooks Avery / Dr. Stephen Skrabal

Committee Member: Dr. Courtney Hackney

Thesis title: Surface and small-scale processes of biogeochemical cycling of organic matter in tidal marsh sediments

Plans upon entry into program: Teach about habitat conservation and restoration

Currently: Working for the state of Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a Coastal Hazards Planner.

Honors: 2005 recipient of CMS Scholastic Achievement Award; 2006 recipient of CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

MMS Graduates
Summer 2007

holly oates

Holly Oates

Email:

Undergraduate Institution: Meredith College

Undergraduate Major: B.S. Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. B.K. Song

Committee Members: Drs. Robert Kieber and Joan Willey

Thesis title: Molecular Determination of Arsenate Respiring Bacteria in Estuarine Sediments and Groundwater Aquifers

Plans upon entry into program: Obtain a Ph.D. and work at a university teaching and doing research.
Currently: Hollyhas accepted a position as lab manager with Dr. Jeff Miller, Chair ofthe Dept of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA and president of the American Society for Microbiology

MMS Graduates
May 2007

sara althof

Sara Althof

Email:

Undergraduate Institution: UNC-Charlotte

Undergraduate Major: B.S. in Biology with a concentration in the Environment

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard

Committee Members: Dr. Mike Benedetti and Dr. Courtney Hackney

Thesis title: Effects of Spartina alterniflora on flow hydrodynamics in a tidal marsh: An experiment in biophysical interactions

Plans upon entry into program: Environmental Consulting as long as I am by the coast.

Currently: Employed at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher as a special activities instructor.

Honors: 2006 recipient of the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

michelle ortwine

Michelle Ortwine
Email:

Undergraduate Institution: UNCW

Undergraduate Major: B.S.-Biology, Chemistry minor

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon

Committee Members: Dr. Mike Mallin and Dr. Eric Henry

Thesis Title: The impacts of rainfall runoff on tidal creek algal and bacterial production

Plans upon entry into program: Water quality research, teach or pursue Ph.D.

Currently:Working as Health and Environmental Modeler/Environmental Scientist 2 for RTI International, starting Aug 3, 2009

Honors: Won an award for best student poster at the annual NC Water Resources Research Institute meeting held April 4-5, 2006 in Raleigh, NC.

MMS Graduates
December 2006

joe carrier

Joe Carrier
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Robert Roer and Pamela Seaton
Thesis Title: Growth, survival and resistance to hypersaline stress in larval black sea bass (Centropristis striata) fed varying levels of dietary arachidonic acid (20:4n-6)
Plans upon entry into program: Teach
Currently: Teaching at Tidewater Community College in Virginia and doing collaborative research on aquaculture with Virginia Tech and Virginia Cobia Farms in Hampton Roads, VA.
Contact Information:

amanda krzysiak

Amanda Krzysiak OHH
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Degree: BS-Chemistry
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Wright
Committee Members: Drs. Daniel Baden and Joan Willey
Thesis Title: The Isolation and Characterization of Natural Products from Marine Plants and Microorganisms
Goal upon entry into program: Uncertain at present time, but will most likely pursue further graduate work.
Currently: Received a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology from Purdue University in 2008
Contact Information:

amanda myers

Amanda Myers
Undergraduate Institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: BS, Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Ami Wilbur
Committee Members: Drs. Wade Watanabe and Joan Willey
Thesis Title: Recirculating Aquaculture System Integration of Bivalve Culture for Effluent Nutrient Composition Reduction
Plans upon entry into program: Find environmentally friendly and economic ways to improve aquaculture systems.
Currently: Working as a Research Technician at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, conducting experimental research in the areas of controlled breeding, larviculture, growout, effluent management, and economic and marketing of high value marine finfish and shellfish species for commercial cultivation.
Contact Information:

stephen truesdale

Stephen Truesdale
Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Degree: BS, Zoology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Ami Wilbur, Carmelo Tomas and Thomas M. Losordo (NCSU)
Thesis Title: Waste Characterization and Management of Effluent from Intensive Marine Finfish Recirculating Systems.
Plans upon entry into program: Private aquaculture venture working with black sea bass, and commercial fishing.
Currently: Operating a lab in Wilmington manufacturing prosthetic and orthotic devices for the handicapped. Also testing new components for the filtration process for flounder culture for the first commercial flounder production facility in NC, and conducting research on the production of biofuel from microalgae with NC Biotech.
Contact Information:

MMS Graduates
Summer 2006

stephen gill

Stephen Gill

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wales Swansea

Undergraduate Degree: BSc Hons Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Patricia Kelley

Committee Members: Dr. Carmelo Tomas and Dr. Lawrence Cahoon

Thesis Title: Phosphorus liberation by aquatic microorganisms

Plans upon entry into program: Consultancy, bringing academia to industry...and get rich.

Currently: Environmental Consultant, AMEC Earth and Environmental, London, England

Contact Information:

MMS Graduates
May 2006

christopher stewart

Christopher Stewart

Undergraduate institution: Eastern Carolina University<

Undergraduate degree: BS � Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Fred Scharf

Committee Members: John Schoolfield (NC Division of Marine Fisheries), Drs. Edward Boone and Thomas Lankford
Thesis Title:
Spatial and Temporal Variability in Recruitment Timing, Relative Abundance and Mortality of Juvenile Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) in Southeastern North Carolina

Plans upon entry into program: Work with a state or federal agency in eastern North Carolina, preferably in the Morehead City area.
Currently: Working part-time with Progress Energy as a Biologist and also part- time with Dial Cordy and Associates here in Wilmington (Environmental consultants). Maybe I'll take a surfing trip back to Costa Rica before I have to get a full time job!
Contact information:

brooke stuercke

Brooke Stuercke

Undergraduate Institution: U of Hawaii - Hilo

Undergraduate Major: Marine Science

Graduate Advisor: Dr. D. Wilson Freshwater

Committee Members: Drs. Craig Bailey, Gregory Chandler, William Cooper and Donald Kapraun
Thesis Title:
An Integrated Taxonomic Assessment of North Carolina Polysiphonia species

Plans upon entry into program: Teaching or working with a conservation agency
Currently: Research Technician II, Laboratory Culture Specialist, CMS, UNCW
Honors:
Shortest time to degree - 22 months; 2006 recipient of CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Contact information:

 

byron toothman

Byron Toothman
Undergraduate institution:
UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate degree:
BS � Marine Biology/Environmental Science
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members:
Drs. Michael Mallin and Joan Willey
Thesis Title:
Phosphorus and Carbohydrate Limitation of Sediment-Bound Indicator Microbes in Bradley Creek
Plans upon entry into program:
To teach and conduct my own research at a university where there is no winter.
Currently: Byron Toothman is a research biologist, NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, NC Coastal Reserve
Honors:
National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow in the K-12 Education Program at UNCW and recipient of a 2005 CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Contact information:

910-962-2334

leigh zimmermann

Leigh Zimmermann
Undergraduate institution:
UNC Wilmington

Undergraduate degree: BS � Environmental Studies

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carm Tomas

Committee Members: Drs. Ronald Sizemore and Jeffrey Wright

Thesis Title: Environmental Regulation of Toxin Production: Comparison of Hemolytic Activity of Amphidinium carterae and Amphidinium klebsii

Plans upon entry into program: Work for a management agency of a coastal state within their harmful algal bloom program.

Currently: Program Coordinator, National Oceanographic Partnership Program, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Honor: 2006 Dean John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Executive Fellow, National Sea Grant
Contact information:

MMS Graduates
December 2005

jennifer peterson

Jennifer Peterson Brousseau

Undergraduate institution: University of Tennessee & UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree: BS-Botany (UT), BS-Marine Biology (UNC-W)
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carm Tomas
Committee Members:
Drs. Jack Manock and Martin Posey

Thesis Title: Growth by Natural Phytoplankton Populations of Wilson Bay: A Nutrient Bioassay Approach
Plans upon entry into program: Working with an independent environmental consultant or teaching young children about the importance of marine environments.
Currently: Freelance writing and taking care of her small children

Contact Information:

erin carey

Erin Carey

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree: BS � Environmental Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Leonard and Michael Mallin

Thesis Title: The Effects of Beach Renourishment on Benthic Microalgae
Plans upon entry into program: Completing my Ph.D. and establishing myself somewhere where the water is warm, the surf is clean, and I never have to look at another sport utility vehicle again.

Currently: Environmental Technician managing the lab where fecal bacteria analyses of beach water and shellfishing waters are conducted, NC Division of Shellfish Sanitation, Wilmington

Contact Information:

j. brooke landry

J. Brooke Landry

Undergraduate institution: University of Virginia

Undergraduate degree: BA � Environmental Science

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Durako

Committee Members: Drs. Joanne Halls and Steven Miller

Thesis Title: Changes in the Density and Distribution of Florida Bay Macrophytes

Plans upon entry into program: Plan on going straight into Ph.D. work in landscape ecology field.
Currently: Environmental Careers Organization Intern, NOAA National Ocean Service Program and Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, NC.

Honors: National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow in the K-12 Education Program at UNCW and recipient of a 2005 CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Recipient of 2006 Conference of Southern Graduate ETD Thesis Award. This includes a cash award of $500 plus travel expenses to attend the 2007 CSGS meeting in Chattanooga, TN where the award will be presented on February, 25, 2007.

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nicole parler

Nichole Parler

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington

Undergraduate degree: BS � Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Drs. Joan Willey

Committee Member: Drs. Robert Kieber and Robert Whitehead

Thesis Title: Mercury Concentration and Speciation in Wilmington Coastal Rainwater

Plans upon entry into program: Work for a pharmaceutical company.

Currently: Chemical Technician, Lab Corp, Raleigh
Contact Information:

kelly taylor

Kelly Taylor
Undergraduate institution:
Wilmington College, OH

Undergraduate degree: BS � Chemistry

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Brookes Avery

Committee Members: Drs. Robert Kieber and Robert Whitehead

Thesis Title: Beach Sediments: A Source of Dissolved Organic Carbon and Nitrogen Species to the Coastal Ocean

Plans upon entry into program: Environmental work.
Currently: Clinical Data Associate, PPD, Wilmington

Contact Information:

heather young

Heather Young
Undergraduate institution:
Coastal Carolina University, SC

Undergraduate degree: BS � Marine Science

Graduate Advisor: Dr. William Cooper

Committee Members: Drs. Larry Cahoon and Carm Tomas

Thesis Title: Effects of Ozonation of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM); Implications for Ballast Water Treatment Protocol

Plans upon entry into program: Get a job with good benefits.

Currently: working as a research assistant surveying lobsters with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Long Island, NY
Contact Information:

MMS Graduates
May 2005

leslie bradshaw

Leslie Bradshaw
Undergraduate institution:
UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Stephen Skrabal
Committee members: Drs. Larry Cahoon, Bob Kieber and Joan Willey
Thesis Title:
Sources and Sinks of Nitrogen in the Cape Fear River Estuary, Southeastern North Carolina
Plans upon entry into program: I will probably/hopefully go on to get my PhD? It seems like a good idea anyway. And definitely - lots of world travel in the picture (all in the name of science of course!)
Currently:
Chemical technician, Sweeney Drinking Water Plant, Wilmington
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courtney hanby

Courtney Hanby

Undergraduate institution: Louisiana State University

Undergraduate degree: BS � Zoology

Graduate Advisors: Drs. Joanne Halls and Laela Sayigh

Committee Member: Dr. Ann Pabst

Thesis title: Use of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Examine Bottlenose Dolphin Community Structure in Southeastern North Carolina

Plans upon entry into program: Pursuing a Ph.D., but right now just concentrating on getting through the Master�s program!
Currently: Educator, New Orleans Aquarium

Honors: National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow in the K-12 Education Program at UNCW

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jenny johnson

Jenny Johnson
Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree: BS-Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Committee Members: Drs. Larry Cahoon, Paul Hosier and Rob Whitehead

Thesis title: Primary Productivity by Phytoplankton: Temporal, Spatial and Tidal Variability in Two North Carolina Tidal Creeks
Plans upon entry into program: Water quality research and world travel.

Currently: Environmental Science Consultant, Land Management Group, Wilmington, NC

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audra luscher

Audra Luscher

Undergraduate institution: California State University at Long Beach
Undergraduate degree: BS - Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Courtney Hackney
Committee Members: Drs. Larry Cahoon and Joan Willey

Thesis Title: Benthic Diatoms as a Control in the Silicate Cycling in the Cape Fear Estuary.
Plans upon entry into program: Would like to continue to work in marine policy and management and eventually would like to work in wetland restoration.
Currently: Shore Erosion Planner, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Honors: Sea Grant Fellowship in Raleigh, NC.

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lisa thatcher

Lisa Thatcher

Undergraduate institution: North Carolina State University

Undergraduate degree: BS-Biological Engineering

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Brooks Avery
Committee Members: Drs. Courtney Hackney and Lynn Leonard

Thesis title: Carbon Remineralization and Storage in Estuarine Wetland Sediments
Plans upon entry into program:
Graduate school or working with an environmental consulting company

Currently: Staff engineer, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting Company, Wilmington, NC

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chris thornburg

Christopher Thornburg

Undergraduate institution: College of Charleston

Undergraduate degree: BS � Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Ron Sizemore

Committee Members: Drs. Carmelo Tomas and Jeffrey Wright

Thesis title: Increased Survival of Vibrios Associated with Algal Blooms of Gyrodinium instriatum

Plans upon entry into program: Complete M.S. degree in order to finally land a job in the actual field of marine science/biology.

Currently: Contracting Senior Research Microbiologist, Air Force Research Lab, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Honors: 2005 recipient of CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

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MMS Graduates
December 2004

michael murphy

Michael Murphy

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree:
BS � Geology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Lewis Abrams
Committee Members:
Drs. Nancy Grindlay and Fred Bingham
Thesis Title:
Geophysical Investigation of the Tectonic and Volcanic History of the Nauru Basin, Western Pacific
Plans upon entry into program:
Get a job as a geologist

Currently: Working as a Marine Laboratory Specialist in the Physical Properties Laboratory aboard the research drilling ship RV JOIDES Resolution. JOIDES stands for Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling.
Honors:
Most days at sea of any student to date! R/V Thomas Thompson: 48 day Guam to Guam cruise investigating seafloor magnetics in the Jurassic Quiet Zone of the Western Pacific.R/V Kilo Moana: 37 day Suva, Fiji, cruise to look at hydrothermal plume activity/chemistry along the East Lau Spreading Center, Southwest Pacific Ocean.

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joshua slater

Joshua J. Slater
Undergraduate institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Tom Lankford
Committee Members: Drs. Jeffrey A. Buckel (NCSU) and Stephen Kinsey
Thesis Title:Winter Energetics of Young-of-the-Year Bluefish (Pamatomus saltatrix):Effects of Ration and Cohort of Origin on Survival
Plans upon entry into program: One day at a time...
Currently: Commissioned Officer, NOAA Corps, Emergency Response Division (ERD), NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. He recently served as NOAA’s incident operations coordinator for the BP oil spill crisis, where he managed ERD’s Seattle “war room”, coordinating information between scientists and staff in the field. He is now deployed to Louisiana to help conduct overflights of the oil spill area.
Honors: Carolina Beach Fishing Club Scholarship
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ben speckhart

Ben Speckhart

Undergraduate institution: Longwood College, VA
Undergraduate degree: BS � Physics, math minor
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Fred Bingham
Committee Members: Drs. Len Pietrafesa (NCSU) and Russell Herman
Thesis Title: Observational Analysis of Shallow Water Response to Passing Hurricanes in Onslow Bay, NC in 1999
Plans upon entry into program: Get a scientific position to gain experience working on ships
Currently: Marine Research Technician, Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program, UNCW
Honors: First Graduate Teaching Assistant to work in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at UNCW 2002-2004.

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kevin yates

Joseph Kevin Yates

Undergraduate institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate degree: BS- Natural Resources
Graduate Co-Advisors: Drs. Christopher Dumas and Wade Watanabe
Committee Member: Dr. Thomas M. Losordo (NCSU)

Thesis Title: Production Economics of Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) Aquaculture in a Recirculating System
Plans upon entry into program: Work for the Army Corp of Engineers and hold an interest in the burgeoning Mariculture Industry.
Currently:
Working as a Regulatory Specialist, US Corps of Engineers, doing wetlands delineation and permitting.

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MMS Graduates
Summer 2004

heather harwell

Heather Harwell
Undergraduate institution:
UNC-Wilmington

Undergraduate degree: BS � Marine Biology

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey

Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Leonard and Scott Quackenbush, and Mr. Troy Alphin

Thesis Title: Landscape Aspects of Oyster Reefs: Fragmentation and Habitat Utilization
Plans upon entry into program: To enter a Ph.D. program
Currently:
Enrolled in Benthic Ecology Ph.D. program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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alisha renfro

Alisha Renfro

Undergraduate institution: Coastal Carolina University, SC
Undergraduate degree: BS-Marine Science
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard
Committee Members: Drs. Mike Mallin, Courtney Hackney and Michael Benedetti

Thesis Title: Sediment Deposition and Accumulation in a Brown and Black-Water River System
Plans upon entry into program:
work with a state regulatory agency to develop regulations for coastal planning, and raise public awareness of the need for coastal planning

Currently: Enrolled in a Marine Science Ph.D. program at State University of New York, Stony Brook

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allison white

Allison White
Undergraduate institution: College of Charleston, SC
Undergraduate degree: BS - Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Committee Members: Drs. Pam Seaton and Tom Lankford

Thesis Title: Optimizing Dose and Mode of Administration of Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone Analog for Induced Spawning of Black Sea Bass, Centropristis striata
Plans upon entry into program:
Graduate school.

Currently: Employed as a Biological Technician at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

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MMS Graduates
May 2004

robert golembeski

Robert Golembeski

Undergraduate institution: East Stroudsburg University, PA
Undergraduate degree: BS - Biology and BA - Education
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Daniel Baden
Committee Members:
Drs. Eric Henry and Alina Szmant
Thesis Title:
Investigation of Alternative Methods of Irrigation/Fertilization to Minimize Pollution of Ground Water in the Central Valley of Chile
Goals upon entry into program:
Returning to teaching high school science
Currently:
Working as a Fertigation Engineer producing and exporting fresh cherries in Chile.
Honors:
Awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Department of Education Fellowship, Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

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matt head

Matthew Head

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte
Undergraduate degree: BS-Earth Science/Environmental Information Systems, minor in Geography with a concentration in remote sensing, air quality, GIS, and planning.
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Nancy Grindlay
Committee Members: Drs. Lynn Leonard and Martin Posey
Thesis Title:
Mapping and Monitoring Hardbottom Areas and Corresponding Change Associated with Storm Forcing at 23-Mile Reef, Onslow Bay, NC
Goals upon entry into program: Graduation and then retirement with maybe a little work in between.

Currently: Working as a defense contractor for PVA, Inc. in Special Projects.

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MMS Graduates
December 2003

michael long

Michael S. Long

Undergraduate institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Meteorology and Environmental Science
Advisor: Drs. Joan Willey and Robert Keiber
Committe Members:
Dr. Douglas Gamble
Thesis Title:
Atmospheric Deposition of NH4+ and Other N Species in Southeastern North Carolina and Its Impact on the Cape Fear River Estuary
Goals upon entry into program:
PhD with thesis research in Italy.
Currently: Enrolled in Ph.D. program in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar
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socratis loucaides

Socratis Loucaides

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Asheville
Undergraduate degree: BS-Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. Eric Henry, Lynn Leonard and Joan Willey
Thesis Title: Human Impact on the Silica Cycle: Reduction of Dissolved Silica inputs into the Ocean as a Result of the Increasing Impervious Cover
Goals upon entry into program: Possibly pursuing a doctorate in the field of oceanography and/or research in the Mediterranean.
Currently: Research scientist studying sediment geochemistry at the Marine Environment Laboratory in Monaco, then entry into the Earth Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

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MMS Graduates
Summer 2003

susie holst

Susie Holst

Undergraduate institution: James Cook University of Northern Queensland, Australia
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Marine Biology
Advisor:
Dr. Tom Lankford
Committee Members: Drs. Pamela Seaton, Wade Watanabe, and Eric Schultz, University of Connecticut
Thesis Title:
Evaluation of the Capacity for Compensatory Growth in Juvenile Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) and Southern Flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
Goals upon entry into program:
Before obtaining a real job (hopefully a career that integrates fisheries management, stock enhancement and aquaculture), traveling around the world visiting friends and Southeast Asia is a main objective.
Currently: Marine Debris Specialist, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, Honolulu, Hawaii
Honors:
EPA STAR Fellowship
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thomas molesky

Thomas Molesky

Undergraduate institution: University of Toledo, OH
Undergraduate degree: BS-Biology
Advisor:
Dr. Martin Posey
Committee Members:
Drs. Lynn Leonard, Larry Cahoon and Mr. Troy Alphin
Thesis Title:
The Effects of Oyster Reefs on Microphyto-benthos and Sediment Characteristics
Goals upon entry into program: Returning to teaching high school science once degree is completed.
Currently:
Teaching science courses at New Hanover High School, Wilmington, NC
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Honors:
Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

shobu odate

Shobu Odate

Undergraduate institution: University of New Hampshire, Durham
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Biology: Freshwater & Marine
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Pawlik
Committee Members: Drs. Richard Dillaman and Robert Hancock
Thesis Title: The Role of Vanadium as a Chemical Defense of the Solitary Tunicate, Phallusia nigra
Goals upon entry into program:
To rule the world with an iron hand!
Currently: Working as a medical researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston.
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

jennifer o'reilly

Jennifer O�Reilly (OHH)

Undergraduate institution: Rider University, New Jersey
Undergraduate degree: BS-Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard
Committee Members: Drs. Courtney Hackney, Michael Benedetti, Michael Mallin
Thesis Title:
Assessment of Tidally Influenced Riparian Wetlands as Sinks for Fecal Coliform Bacteria
Goals upon entry into program:
Graduate school and hopefully obtaining a job within field.
Currently:
Analytical Chemist, US Geological Survey, Reston, VA
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

shauna slingsby

Shauna Slingsby

Undergraduate institution: University of California at Berkeley
Undergraduate degree: BS-Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Advisor:
Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. John Bruno, UNC-Chapel Hill and Robert Steneck, University of Maine
Thesis Title:
Patterns of Association and Interactions Between Juvenile Corals and Macroalgae in the Caribbean
Goals upon entry into program:
Visiting the reefsof Southeast Asia and Australia. Plans after traveling include work in applied coral reef science and management in Mexico and the Caribbean, particularly in community-scale approaches to mitigatingdevelopment impacts on reef systems.
Currently: working in Washington, DC as a Dean John Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship executive fellow, awarded by the National Sea Grant office
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jennifer williams

Jennifer Williams (OHH)

Undergraduate institution: NC State University
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Science Education
Advisor:
Dr. Jeffrey Wright
Committee Members: Drs. Daniel G. Baden and Ronald Sizemore
Thesis Title: Characterization of Bioactive Secondary Metabolites from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Prorocentrum Species
Goals upon entry into program:
Return to high school science teaching in Brevard, NC
Currently:
Teaching middle and high school science and math in Brevard, NC
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

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MMS Graduates
May 2003

dawn carroll

Dawn Carroll

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree:
BS-Biology and Environmental Studies, minor in chemistry
Advisor:
Dr. Courtney Hackney
Committee Members:
Dr. Jonathan Shaw (Biology Dept. at Duke University) and Dr. Martin Posey
Thesis Title:
Bryophytes as Indicators of Water Level and Salinity Change Along the Northeast Cape Fear River
Goals upon entry into program:
Would like to work with an independent environmental consultant with projects including rare and endangered species and wetland delineation.
Currently:
Employed as a Biologist I with CZR (Coastal Zone Resources) Environmental Consultants, Wilmington, NC.
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gianluca manes

Gianluca Manes

Undergraduate institution: Libera Universita Delgi Studi di Urbino
Graduate degree:
Environmental Science
Advisor:
Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members:
Drs. Fred Bingham and Lynn Leonard
Thesis Title:
The Near-bottom Chlorophyll A Maximum in Onslow Bay: Effects of Wave Events on Benthic Microalgae Resuspension
Goals upon entry into program:
Find a scientific position in Europe.
Currently: working for a marine engineering company in Italy
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c. brent manning

Christopher Brent Manning

Undergraduate institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate degree: BS-Natural Resources
Advisor:
Dr. Joanne Halls
Committee Members:
Drs. David Webster, Joe Pawlik andMr. Andy Shepard
Thesis Title:
Topographic Analysis of the Oculina Habitat Area of Particular Concern Using a Multimedia Geographic Information System (GIS)
Goals upon entry into program:
Acquire a PhD and develop wetland restoration plans for local watersheds.
Currently:
wetlands delineator for the Land Management Group, Inc. in Wilmington
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MMS Graduates
December 2002

michelle gomperts

Michelle Gomperts (OHH)

Undergraduate Institution:Cook College, Rutgers University
Undergraduate Degree:
BS-Environmental Science
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Committee Members:
Drs. Daniel Baden and Joan Willey
Thesis Title:
Analysis of Nitrogen Substrates Utilized for Growth by the Phytoplankton, Karenia brevis.
Goals upon entry into program:
Federal work or state employee in marine science with a concentration in water quality and HAB management.
Currently:
Teaching Biology at Brunswick Community College and plans to open her own business.
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

ron hardman

Ron Hardman (OHH)

Undergraduate Institution: Adelphi University
Undergraduate Degree:
BS-Biology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Dan Baden
Committee Members:
Drs. Carmelo Tomas and William Cooper
Thesis Title:
Harmful Algal Blooms in the Gulf of Mexico: Brevetoxin Degradation and Derivative Formation via Photochemical Processes.
Goals upon entry into program:
PhD. work at Duke University or the Medical University of South Carolina.
Currently:
In PhD. program in Environmental Medicine at Duke University.
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

ashley skeen

Ashley Skeen (OHH)

Undergraduate Institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: BS- Marine Biology
Graduate Advisors:
Drs. William Cooper (Chemistry) and Carmelo Tomas (Biology)
Committee Member:
Dr. Joan Willey
Thesis Title:
The Production of Hydrogen Peroxide by Heterosigma akashiwo Under Varying N:P Ratios
Goals upon entry into program: Continue a career in scientific research for a few years and then pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Currently:
Research technician in the Harmful Algal Bloom Lab at UNCW.
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

amanda smith

Amanda Smith

Undergraduate Institution: Appalachian State University
Undergraduate Degree:
BS-Applied Mathematics
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Fred Bingham
Committee Members:
Drs. Leonard Pietrafesa and Lian Xie (NCSU)
Thesis Title:
The Physical Effects of Hurricanes in Onslow Bay, NC During 1999.
Goals upon entry into program: Conducting research in Maryland or Texas.

Currently: Employed by the NC Department of Transportation as an Integration Technician, with responsibilities for creating databases, conducting computer training, and web design.
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paula whitfield

Paula Whitfield

Undergraduate Institution: George Mason University
Undergraduate Degree:
BS: Biology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Mike Durako
Committee Members:
Drs. Lynn Leonard, Joanne Halls and W. Judson Kenworthy (NOAA Lab, Beaufort, NC)
Thesis Title:
The Recruitment, Survival and Growth of Thalassia testidinum Seedlings in Physically Disturbed Seagrass Beds
Goals upon entry into program:
Continuing research on seagrass disturbance and recovery dynamics at NOAA in Beaufort, NC, expanding on thesis research through spatial model development and application of empirical seagrass growth data, and continuing research on invasive species of Indo-Pacific lionfish, Pterois volitans, off of the east coast of the United States.
Currently:
Promoted to fisheries biologist at the NOAA Lab in Beaufort, NC and local expert on lionfish.
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MMS Graduates
May 2002

joni "osku" backstrom

Joni "Osku" Backstrom

Undergraduate institution: Florida Atlantic University
Undergraduate degree: Marine Geology
Graduate Advisors:
Drs. Bill Cleary and Nancy Grindlay
Committee Member: Dr. Doug Gamble
Graduate Thesis: Storm-driven sedimentary changes on shoreface off Kure Beach.
Goals upon entry into program: Working for a government or private company in beach nourishment, geologic and/or marine habitat mapping, diving, and side scan sonar.
Currently: Received a PhD in Marine Geology from the University of Ulster in 2008. Working for Coastal Planning and Engineering in Boca Raton, Florida.
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shelly miller

Shelly Miller

Undergraduate institution: Mary Washington College
Undergraduate degree: BS-Environmental Science Graduate Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard
Committee Members: Drs. Steven Kinsey and Joanne Halls
Thesis Title: An examination of phosphorus and sediment characteristics within anthropogenically impacted estuarine watersheds.
Goals upon entry into program: Environmental management and/or community outreach.
Currently: a Community Conservationist with the New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation District
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keving rowland

Kevin Rowland

Undergraduate Institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: BS-Biology
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members: Drs. G. Brooks Avery and Dave Padgett
Thesis Title: Survival of Sediment-Bound Fecal Coliform Bacteria and Potential Pathogens in Relation to Phosphate Concentrations in Estuarine Sediments, S. Brunswick Co., NC
Goals upon entry into program: To work in water quality.
Currently: Working as an Environmental Specialist II with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality
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suzanne sexton

Suzanne Sexton (OHH)

(First Graduate in the "Oceans and Human Health" specialty!)

Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Undergraduate Degree: BS-Animal Industries
Graduate Advisors:
Drs. Brooks Avery and Courtney Hackney
Committee Member:
Dr. Lynn Leonard
Thesis Title:
Rates of Carbon Remineralization in Sulfate-amended Coastal Wetland Sediments - Implications for Sea-level Rise.
Goals upon entry into program:
strengthen science background and return to high school science teaching
Currently:
a high school science teaching at Ashley High School in Wilmington, armed with new knowledge and renewed enthusiasm!
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Honors: Glaxo-Wellcome Oceans and Human Health Scholar

suzanne zvalaren

Suzanne Zvalaren

(First Woman Graduate!)

Undergraduate institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate degree: BS-Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor: Drs. Joan Willey and Bob Kieber
Committee Member: Dr. Ann Pabst
Thesis Title: Chromium Speciation and Cycling in Coastal Rainwater
Goals upon entry into program: UNC-Chapel Hill to obtain Ph.D.
Currently: Completed a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography at UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 after conducting her research at UNCW, and is currently a Senior Biologist and Chemistry Liaison at Wildlife International in Easton MD.
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MMS Graduates
May 2001

jason hales

Jason Hales

(First Graduate!)

Undergraduate Institution: UNC-Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree:
BS-Marine Biology
Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Larry Cahoon
Committee Members:
Drs. Mike Mallin and Joan Willey
Thesis Title:
Tidal Exchange in Coastal Estuaries: Effects of Development, Rain and Dredging
Goals upon entry into program:
work on subjects related to water quality management in coastal environments. Use my interdisciplinary education to help foster collaboration among biological, chemical and physical scientists.
Currently:
Working as an Environmental Consultant/Biologist for CZR Consultants, Wilmington, NC
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