Benthic Ecology Laboratory

Research Personnel

Primary Investigators:

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Dr. Martin Posey

Director of the Center for Marine Science & Professor

Ph.D. Biology, University of Oregon

B.A. Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with highest honors

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Troy Alphin

Senior Research Associate

Ph.D. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (In progress)
M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Research Technicians:

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Anne Markwith

Lab Manager

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2010
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2006

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Megan Rudolf

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
A.A.S. Marine Technology, Cape Fear Community College

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Sharon Tatem

M.S. Biology, Old Dominion University
B.S. Biology, Old Dominion University
B.A. Speech Communications, George Mason University

Graduate Students:

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Edward Arb

Ph.D Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, In Progress

M.S. 

B.S. 

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Madison Lytle

M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2018
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Conor Murphy

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2017
B.S. Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University

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Jacob Torok

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2018
B.S. Marine Science, University of Maine

Alexis Marti

Alexis Marti

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019
B.S. Marine Biology, French Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Project Description: Utilizing historical data on the benthic infauna of the Cape Fear River to determine trends for future environmental management

Interests: Environmental management, Coastal Conservation, Ecological Modeling

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Sarah Eure

M.S. Geoscience-Geospatial Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2018

MCRT Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington

B.S. Oceanography, Chemistry Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Project Description: NC Shellfish Lease Siting Tool and Shellfish Risk Assessment of North Carolina with an emphasis on lower portion of Pamlico Sound

Interests: Environmental GIS, Remote Sensing, Coastal Conservation

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Charles Adams

M.S. Geoscience, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2017
B.S. Marine Science, University of Florida

Undergraduate Students:

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Hannah Thurlow

B.S. Marine Biology, Statistics Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected Graduation Spring 2018

Project Description: Involved in the UNCW DMF Partnership dealing with early life history of targeted recreational fishes

Interests: Marine Conservation, Fisheries

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Ryan Lowndes

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

M.A Criminal Justice, State University of New York Albany, 2014

B.A. Sociology, Double Minor Criminal Justice & Spanish, State University of New York Albany, 2013

Projects: "Ecology of Fear" An exploration of Risk Allocation Hypothesis, which predicts that a forager will adapt and change its behavior when in the presence of a predator. Using Banded Tulip Snails as our foragers and exposing them to the chemical cues of predatory Stone Crabs, we will test whether or not the snails adapt their feeding behavior when exposed to one of their natural predators in temporally fixed trials. 

“Living Shoreline” Working with St. James Plantation, our lab helps to construct oyster reefs along a stretch of shoreline that has experienced heavy erosion, along with planting new marsh grass in order to rebuild a thriving ecosystem. Incredibly rewarding and a great experience for all, we are able to teach citizen scientists about the importance of these reef systems and help restore their shores while also collecting valuable data telling of reef development and biodiversity. 
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Ashley Wileman


B.S. Marine Biology, Chemistry Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, May 2017

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Amanda Johnson

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

Project: Member of the undergraduate research fellowship of the UNCW/DMF Partnership focusing on early life history and diet of targeted recreational fishes. Currently conducting a DIS on gut content analysis of Sheepshead and Atlantic Croaker.

InterestsCoastal Conservation and Taxonomy 

Caroline Longerbeam

Caroline Longerbeam

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected Graduation Spring 2018

Project: Lab data sorting and characterization

Interests: Public Outreach and Biological Education

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Julianna Tresca

B.S. Biology & Environmental Science, Geospatial Technologies Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2020

Jess_Stallings

Jessica Stallings

B.S. Marine Biology, English Minor University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

James Wu

James Wu

B.S. Marine Biology with emphasis on Marine Conservation, Recreations and Tourism Management Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

Project Description: Ecology of Fear, examining foraging behavior of tulips snails in the presence of stone crabs with temporal variation

Interests: Marine Conservation 

Jess Carlton

Jessica Carlton

B.S. Marine Biology-Marine Conervation and Environmental Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected Spring 2018

A.S. Associate of Science, Wake Technical Community College

Project Description: Studying the ffects of new oyster aquaculture within Masonboro Island by monitoring changes in sediment chemistry and oyser spat recruitment in and around oyster farms and natural reefs

Interests: Salt Marsh and Estuarine Ecology, Nitrogen Cycling, Coastal Conservation

John Brittain

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

List of Previous Research Team Members