MMS Students

(Listed by year of entry into program)

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jade burtchett

Jade Burtchett
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Christopher Newport University
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Research Area:
Aquatic ecology
Future plans or goals: Conservation research

risa dalsing

Risa Dalsing
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Major: Biology (minor in Geology and Marine Science)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sharon Hoffmann
Research Area:
Marine Science
Future plans or goals: To research the condition of prehistoric Earth.

morgan distad

Morgan Distad
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Tech
Undergraduate Major: Geochemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Skrabal
Research Area:
Biogeochemistry
Future plans or goals: Also undecided, but hope to possibly work for an environmental company doing lab work

travis nelson

Travis Nelson
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Research Area:
Marine biology
Future plans or goals: Ph.D. in marine science or marine biology

michael recchia

Michael Recchia
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Major: Biology (minor in Chemistry)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Skrabal
Research Area:
Chemical analysis of marine toxins
Future plans or goals: Medical school

 

 



austin anderson

Austin Anderson
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Research Area:
Developing alternative protein sources to replace fish meal protein in fish diets
Future plans or goals: To complete my Masters in Marine Science and eventually manage my own aquaculture facility

sydney brothers

Sydney Brothers
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Major: BA in Environmental Studies
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Wright
Research Area:
Natural product discovery of compounds from marine microbes and structure elucidation using molecular biology techniques 
Future plans or goals: I hope to work in a research laboratory (academic or private) where I can continue learning new and interesting techniques. I'm open to any career that keeps me intellectually challenged and allows me to live along the coast! 

paulina capar

Paulina Capar
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS Marine Biology and BA Geoscience
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrea Hawkes
Research Area: Foraminifera assemblages of the Cape Fear River
Future plans or goals: To eventually earn a Ph.D. and either teach or do research abroad.

nick cortale

Nick Cortale
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science and Physics
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dylan McNamara
Research Area:
  Computer modeling of fish schools
Future plans or goals: Continue learning and secure a job with NOAA or earn a Ph.D.

shannon hammaker

Shannon Hammaker
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Eckerd College
Undergraduate Major: Biology with a chemistry minor
Faculty Advisor: I'm not positive who it will be yet. I know I will be in the MACRL group and I have mostly been conversing with Dr. Skrabal.
Research Area: Oil spills and their chemical consequences
Future Plans: I ultimately strive to become a contributing member of the marine science research community- either through government work or through teaching the next generation of scientists. Regardless, I hope to earn my PhD and enjoy any career that will allow me to frequent the coast!

ashley horton

Ashley Horton
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steve Ross
Research Area:
 Diet analysis of deep sea fishes
Future plans or goals: Continue learning. Earn a Ph.D. Teach and facilitate research. Work/swim/live with sharks!

david huffman

David Huffman
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Charlotte
Undergraduate Major: Criminal Justice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Research Area:
  Using chemical tracers to locate leaky sewer systems
Future plans or goals: Government work 

joanna peth

Joanna Peth
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Penn State University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Earth Science, Marine Science minor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Lane
Research Area:
  Paleoceanography
Future plans or goals

rachel thomas

Rachel Thomas
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Virginia Tech
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joan Willey
Research Area:
  Rainwater
Future plans or goals: Further research

keith walls

Keith Walls
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey
Research Area:
 Creating a habitat suitability index (HSI) for the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, as a component of a GIS-based aquaculture siting tool
Future plans or goals: To gain employment with a state agency as a natural resource manager or to work in the private sector as an environmental consultant



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Edward Arb
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Thomas Lankford
Research Area:
Movement of juvenile fishes in the surf zone
Future plans or goals: Continue research and education to achieve a Ph.D. in Marine Biology.

cobi christiansen

Cobi Christiansen
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science
Faculty Advisor:
Research Area: Physical oceanography
Future plans or goals: Complete M.S. degree and land a private or government position where I am able to be part of a research team collecting and analyzing oceanic data. Preferably in Hawaii or California.

coleman corzine

Coleman Corzine
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. G. Brooks Avery
Research Area: Harmful freshwater algal blooms
Future plans or goals:

joseph d'addezio

Joseph D'Addezio
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: NC State University
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Marine Science, B.S. Meteorology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Dylan McNamara
Research Area: Physical oceanography
Future Plans or Goals: Interdisciplinary work between oceanography and meteorology with either a private company or government organization

brent dober

Brent Dober
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brooks Avery
Research Area: Harmful algal blooms
Future Plans or Goals:

james hargrove

James Hargrove
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor:
Research Area: Benthic ecology - polyculture of Mercenaria mercinaria and Crassostrea virginica
Future plans or goals:
Plan on running away to the Indo-Pacific for a few years after graduation

mary grace lemon

Mary Grace Lemon
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Tulane
Undergraduate Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics
Faculty Advisor: Drs. Michael Mallin and Martin Posey
Research Area: The effects of oyster reef structure on water quality
Future plans or goals:
Continue to Ph.D. research focused on decreasing the human impact on aquatic and marine ecosystems

lauren ryan

Lauren Ryan
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisors: Drs. Andrea Bourdelais and Jerome Naar
Research Area: Marine Toxicology
Future Plans or Goals: Right now I just hope to graduate.

danielle silver

Danielle Silver
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Undergraduate Major: Marine Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carmelo Tomas
Research Area: Harmful algal blooms
Future Plans or Goals: To use toxins from microalgae to treat mental illness

heather stoker

Heather Stoker
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chris Finelli
Research Area:
Future Plans or Goals: To work as a marine biology/marine science instructor at a community college or as a conservation biologist with an emphasis on public education

jennifer zivkovic

Jennifer Zivkovic
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology, Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Lane
Research Area: Isotopic climate studies on corals in Micronesia
Future Plans or Goals: To pursue a Ph.D. and move to the Pacific Northwest or conduct research in high latitudes. I also want to race in the Iditarod -- first, I need a sled-dog team.




james hill

James Hill
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology (with a chemistry minor)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Research Area: Aquaculture
Future Plans or Goals: My future goal is to start a career in aquaculture.

robert lomax

Robert Lomax
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: BS in Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Courtney Hackney
Research Area: Estuarine processes
Future plans or goals:
Work in some way with private or public organizations on research related to rivers or oceans. Serve as a research vessel captain and scientist

yvonne marsan

Yvonne Marsan
Email:

Undergraduate Institution: Salem College, UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Major: Biology, Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lynn Leonard
Research Area: Saltmarsh hydrodynamics and sedimentation processes
Future plans or goals:  Facilitate estuarine research, travel, eat good food, and learn

anna robuck

Anna Robuck
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology/Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Mallin
Research Area: Aquatic ecology, focusing on water quality monitoring and issues within the Cape Fear watershed
Future plans or goals: Earn a Ph.D in marine biology/science, focusing on aquatic ecosystem responses to anthropogenic impacts

caroline toney

Caroline Buckner
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Biology, minors in Chemistry and Oceanography
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Bongkeun Song
Research Area: Molecular Biology of Microbial Processes
Future plans or goals: Continue in research and receive a Ph.D.



monica catanach

Monica Catanach
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Drexel University
Undergraduate Major: BS in Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ami Wilbur
Future plans or goals: I would like to spend as much time in or near the ocean as possible. I strive to make the world a better place in all of my actions.

casey kelly

Casey Kelly
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Marine Biology
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wade Watanabe
Future Plans or Goals: I’d like to continue working in the aquaculture industry, either in the commercial or marine ornamental field. Really, I just want to make fish babies.

timothy moss

Timothy Moss
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: UNCW
Undergraduate Major: Geography
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls
Future Plans or Goals: To practice coastal advocacy by securing a career with a private, government or non-profit institution



Melody Knowles

Melody Knowles
Email:

Undergraduate Institution:
UNCW
Undergraduate Major:
Biology
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Research Area:

Future plans or goals:
I would like to continue teaching at a community college and perhaps continue on to obtain a Ph.D. My goal is to educate our community in how to care for the Lockwood Folly River system
Honors: Recipient of the 2008 CMS Summer Research Award



deena anderson

Holly Gabries
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: Juniata College
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Science
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joanne Halls
Future plans or goals: To obtain a Ph.D. in geography and work for a government agency such as NOAA doing remote sensing research of coastal areas
Honors:Recipient of the CMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award and first TA to work in the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW. Recipient of the 2007 CMS Summer Research Award



rebecca gerhart

Rebecca Gerhart
Email:
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY - Buffalo
Undergraduate Major: Environmental Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon
Research Area: Benthic microalgal production
Future plans or goals:
Research and education (teacher or professor)



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