Authors


Carrie McDonough

I just earned a Ph.D. in the Lohmann Lab at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, where my research focuses on how toxic chemicals like flame retardants end up in our lakes and oceans. Before graduate school, I earned a B.Sc. in chemistry from MIT and spent two years working in environmental consulting. When I’m not doing chemistry in the lab, I’m doing chemistry at home (brewing beer).


Laura Schifman

I earned my PhD from the University of Rhode Island in Environmental Science with a focus on Hydrology in 2014. I study the urban environment - anything from soil hydrology, green infrastructure, soil black carbon inventories, to public health in terms of mosquito abundance and urban morphology. Currently, I manage a new graduate program at Boston University that bridges the study of biogeoscience and environmental health in cities.
Aside from the sciency stuff I enjoy torturing myself on long bike rides, playing volleyball or tennis, riding horses, making anything edible (I miss the lab work), or playing cards.
Twitter: L_Schifman

Luiza Aparecido
Luiza Aparecido

I am a Brazilian plant ecologist aiming to answer and unveil the functional biology traits that determines the survival of plants (mainly trees) in a changing climate and environment. As a forest engineer (UFPR-Brazil) with a MS in Tropical Forest Science (INPA-Brazil) and PhD in Ecosystem Science and Management (Texas A&M), I am currently in the beginning of my first postdoc at Arizona State University. When I am not doing research, you will probably find me with a book in hand or exploring the outdoors.


Kevin Aviles Rodriguez

I am in the process of completing my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. I am interested in human environmental changes as natural experiments to test hypothesis about the evolution of animals. Specifically, I study small lizards known as anoles and how living near human households impacts their ecology and behavior. I love fieldwork because often it takes me away from the cold and towards the sunny beachy islands that I love the most.

Chelsea Barreto
Chelsea Barreto

I earned my Master's in Biology from Villanova University, studying how mangrove encroachment into saltmarshes is impacting microbial communities and belowground processes! I am interested in how climate change is impacting ecosystems around the globe! Currently, I teach environmental science to high schoolers, hoping they will one day save our planet. When I'm not working, I enjoy running, musicals, and science blogging @eco_clips.


Aidan Barry

I am in the process of earning my Master's in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. I am fascinated by potential shifts in biological processes due to climate change. My research is focused on how sea level rise and restoration practices may alter biogeochemical processes of salt marsh vegetation as well as the microbial community. When I'm not in the lab or covered in marsh muck, there's a god chance I'm down at the beach either surfing or fishing.


Matt Baumann

I earned a PhD from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 2013. My research focused on investigating upper ocean particle transport and phytoplankton controls on carbon export in the Bering Sea west of the Alaska mainland. After graduate school I worked as an environmental science consultant in Cambridge, MA, on a variety of projects including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill natural resource damage assessment. I recently moved south and took a job as a water quality modeler for the State of South Carolina.

Kristina Blank
Kristina Blank

I earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2014, with an emphasis on Environmental and Occupational Health. I'm interested in the intersection between ecological and human well-being. My free time is a whirlwind of hiking, skiing, biking, and removing invasive plant species all over the Pacific Northwest!

Ashley Riane Booth
Ashley Riane Booth

Ashley has a background in veterinary medicine and completed a Master’s degree at Nicholls State University on endocrine disruption in blue crabs in 2016. Her research interests include coastal land loss, ethnobotany, and science communication.

Her PhD research at Louisiana State University is on coastal wetland ecology; specifically, she is studying the processes that drive marsh surface elevation and how these processes are influenced by plant communities and management techniques. Through this work she hopes to inform marsh management plans to increase overall elevation while providing valuable habitat for important waterfowl species.

Pernilla Borgstrom
Pernilla Borgstrom

I recently finished my PhD in ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). In my PhD research, I investigated the role insect herbivores might play in mediating nitrogen eutrophication effects on grassland ecosystems. I'm especially interested in interactions between plants and insects, but not too picky about which plants or which insects.


Elizabeth Brannon

I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island where I studied greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment. I am committed to developing a better understanding of the impacts we have as humans on the planet. I'm a hard core New England sports fan and when I'm not cheering on the Patriots you can find me outside on an adventure!

Kristen Brown
Kristen Brown

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the EPA where I specialize in evaluating environmental impacts of our energy system. I have a PhD in Environmental Engineering from CU Boulder where I also received a master’s in Mechanical Engineering, and I have a BA in Physics from Cal Berkeley. Outside of work, I’m an amateur boxer and have two spoiled dogs. You can follow me on twitter at @Kris10BrownPhD.

Clifton Dassuncao
Clifton Dassuncao

I'm a doctoral student at Harvard University with one foot in the School of Public Health and another in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. As a member of the Biogeochemistry of Global Contaminants Group (bgc.seas.harvard.edu), I focus on modeling the fate, transport, and bioaccumulation of contaminants in the environment with the ultimate goal of finding ways to mitigate human exposures.


Munim Deen

Munim is an epidemiology doctoral student. His primary interests are infectious disease outbreaks and their intersection with the environment, public policy, and society at large. A geographic information system (GIS) devotee, he incorporates mapping and spatial analysis into his work whenever possible. A former newspaper columnist, he holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology and a master's degree in epidemiology.

E.M.B. Doran
E.M.B. Doran

Dr. Doran is a Postdoctoral Associate with the VT EPSCoR Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project where she is conducting research at the interface of land use and land cover (LULC) change, water quality, and human decision making and policy. Her other research interests include urban climate, energy use and using systems science and modeling techniques to inform decision making under uncertainty.

Anna Filyushkina
Anna Filyushkina

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences working on land use and ecosystem services. I've earned a double PhD in Environmental Economics and Forestry from University of Copenhagen and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. I am particularly interested in interactions between services (such as biodiversity and recreation) both in rural and urban settings. Twitter: northern_time

Marlo Garnsworthy
Marlo Garnsworthy

Marlo Garnsworthy is an Australian-American author, illustrator, editor, science communicator, and nature lover. Her published works include fiction and non-fiction, though non-fiction and science are her passion. She recently spent two months living on an icebreaker for the SNOWBIRDS Transect research cruise, sailing from Antarctica through the Southern Ocean. Her dream is to return to Antarctica to study sea ice and ice shelves. You can learn more about her at www.wordybirdstudio.com or by following her POLAR BIRD blog.


Geneva Gray

Geneva Gray is a graduate student at North Carolina State University in Atmospheric Sciences. She researches climate change and applied statistical methodologies. When she isn’t writing to meet a deadline, she’s knitting something cute for her infant daughter.

Lindsay Green-Gavrielidis
Lindsay Green-Gavrielidis

I’m a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Rhode Island, where my research focuses on applied seaweed research. Have you ever gone to the beach for a day of rest and relaxation only to find the sand smothered by a thick mat of multi-colored seaweed? These floating mats of seaweed are referred to as seaweed blooms and they can have negative impacts on the ecology and economy of coastal communities. My research aims to determine how these blooms are changing over time in response to global climate change and coastal management efforts. I am also interested in promoting seaweed aquaculture in local waters. Not only are seaweeds delicious, but they can be used to clean up excess nutrients in our coastal waters (referred to as bioremediation). When I’m not in the lab, I love to garden and travel.

Maddie Halloran
Maddie Halloran

I am a first year master's student at Humboldt State University in the Fisheries Biology Department. I'm interested in human impacts on the environment and conservation. When I'm not counting fish you can probably find me outside on an adventure or eating ice cream on my porch.

Anika Hazra
Anika Hazra

I am a recent graduate of the MS program in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I conducted research on the interactions between the Bullhorn Acacia and its occupying ants in restored tropical forest in Mexico. I am currently pursuing a MA in Science Journalism at NYU. You can check out my science communication work at: www.anikahazra.wix.com/personal

Kiran Gurung
Kiran Gurung

I am a PhD student at the University of Groningen and am looking into the microbiome of the insect pest Drosophila suzukii. I am broadly interested in ecology, evolution and environment. Away from lab, I like cooking, walking and observing wildlife. Twitter: @kirangurung29


Nick Iraola

Nick has a Master of Science in Marine Science from UNC Wilmington. He has worked in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory since 2015, and which monitors the water quality in the Lower Cape Fear River Basin. His master's thesis research pertained to eutrophication and nutrient cycling within a freshwater lake in Wilmington, NC. When he's not sciencing, Nick enjoys running, swimming, cooking, sailing, and catching up with friends and family. His favorite candy is Reese's pb cups, because what is there not to like!?

Hannes Keck
Hannes Keck

I am a PhD student studying greenhouse gas fluxes from agricultural ecosystems at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Currently, my research focuses on developing a new measurement technique to make it easier to analyse all relevant greenhouse gas fluxes from terrestrial ecosystems. Before my PhD studies I was working in the field of soil science / physics at several European research institutes and completed my masters at University of Copenhagen, Denmark and SLU, Sweden in environmental sciences (EnvEuro programme).

Niranjana Krishnan
Niranjana Krishnan

I am a Ph.D. student in Environmental Toxicology at Iowa State University. I am studying the risks of insecticide exposure on monarch butterflies. Some of my favorite hobbies include reading, running, yoga and traveling.

Whitney Kroschel
Whitney Kroschel

I am currently a PhD Candidate at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. My research interests are generally in the fields of plant ecology, seed ecology, and wetland science. My dissertation research is evaluating the effects of flooding on tree species composition in forested wetlands.

Sarah Ledford
Sarah Ledford

I am postdoctoral research fellow at Temple University studying nutrient cycling and metabolism in urban streams. I am interested in understanding the anthropogenic impacts on water sources and how the natural cycles in streams change stream water chemistry and life. I am also very interested in science communication, especially between scientists and water managers. Prior to this, I earned my Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from Syracuse University in 2016 where I focused on the impact of surface water-groundwater interactions on nitrate and chloride concentrations in water. When not splashing around streams in waders, I'm taking my dog out to streams to swim around or reading a great book on my couch.

Mary Grace Lemon
Mary Grace Lemon

I am currently a PhD student in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at Louisiana State University. My dissertation focus is forested wetland hydrology. I use an array of hydrological research tools to try and improve our understanding of water movement through large floodplain forests of the southeastern United States. Before starting my PhD I earned a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. My masters research involved investigation of sediment transport around oyster reefs in tidal creeks. From then on, I have had a passion for understanding how biological systems interact with hydrological processes. Outside of work, I spend the majority of my time exploring the swamps and culture of Louisiana.


Abigail Lewis

I am a fourth-year undergraduate at Pomona College with interests in limnology, microbial ecology, and nutrient cycling. In between rehearsals, hikes, and long dinners I am working to build a career that will address environmental issues and build a more inclusive scientific community.

Laura Mast
Laura Mast

I'm a PhD student in environmental engineering at Georgia Tech. Broadly, I study resource recovery: how we can look at waste products as untapped mines of valuable materials. Specifically, I develop methods to extract rare earth elements (required for everything cool/high tech/green we've made in the last 20 years, like LED screens, batteries, permanent magnets) from coal fly ash- a byproduct from burning coal for electricity. In my spare time, I run a start up called Populy, which provides electronic judging for STEM competitions, swing dance, and hang out with my dog.


Claudia Mazur

I am a Ph.D. student in the department of Earth & Environment at Boston University where I am a member of the Fulweiler Lab studying marine sediment biogeochemistry. Originally a geologist, I am interested in how living organisms interact with their nonliving environment to create biogeochemical processes that are necessary for life on Earth. When I am not in the lab or in the field, I enjoy cooking and exploring the vibrant city of Boston. Follow me and my adventures on Twitter: @cmazur_rocks

Lushani Nanayakkara
Lushani Nanayakkara

I completed my PhD at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. I study both the human dimensions (via stakeholder surveys) and ecological dynamics (via ecosystem surveys and stable isotopes) of aquatic ecosystems. Prior to this I completed my MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy at Johns Hopkins University. I currently live in Toronto, and in my spare time I love travelling, cooking and reading. Find me on Twitter @SciPoliBoundary

Sakshi Rana
Sakshi Rana

I am a PhD scholar at the Wildlife Institute of India, Uttarakhand, India. I have a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. My research interests are ecosystem services assessment for biodiversity conservation, valuation and mapping of ecosystem services using participatory methods and modelling, environmental governance and human-wildlife interaction. I enjoy wildlife watching, drawing, reading books and watching movies in my free time. I am also trying to do science communication on various social networking websites like Instagram, Twitter, and blogging sites.
Twitter and Instagram: @of_things_wild

Bianca Ross
Bianca Ross

I’m a PhD student in the Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology at the University of Rhode Island. My research focuses on nitrogen removal in advanced onsite wastewater treatment systems in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Prior to this program, I earned my MS studying soils in vernal pool wetlands. My free time is usually spent reading, gaming, or practicing the ukulele!

Guiomar Ruiz-Perez
Guiomar Ruiz-Perez

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science where I specialize in the adaptation of boreal forest to climate change by using modelling approaches. I have a PhD in Hydrology and Environmental Engineering. I am particularly interested in the development and application of stochastic (process-based) models to describe vegetation response to random, potentially damaging, weather conditions. In my spare time, I love biking and there is always a good book in my backpack!


Juan Perez-Gutierrez

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher working in the Department of
Agronomy, Horticulture, and Plant Science at South Dakota State University. My interests emerge from the intersection of soil and water management and conservation and intensified agricultural production. I am particularly interested in better understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes impacting soil and water resources in agricultural watersheds under a changing climate. I am particularly passionate about data analysis and environmental statistics.


Sandra Schleier

I recently completed a MSc. in Biological Environmental Sciences at the University of Rhode Island where I studied the effects of coral restoration on Caribbean reef communities. I am interested in helping out our planet through ecological restoration in degraded ecosystems. When I am not out doing research, I am a marine biologist guide in Puerto Rico doing guided and educational tours of our natural resources. I am a traveling junkie with the goal of visiting every country in the world.

Rachel Shaffer
Rachel Shaffer

I graduated from Yale University with a BA in Environmental Studies/Environmental Health, and I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Washington Seattle School of Public Health. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking and biking around in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!


Rohini Shivamoggi

I'm a PhD student studying atmospheric sciences at MIT. I study the formation of secondary eyewalls in hurricanes, which hopefully will help us improve our forecasts of hurricane intensity! Before I got to MIT, I grew up in Florida and studied Chemistry and Physics at Harvard University. My other interests include weather forecasting, photography, and encouraging diversity in STEM! You can find me on Twitter @RShivamoggi.

Samantha Smith
Samantha Smith

I completed my MS in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and have been a research contractor at US EPA since long before that. My recent projects have focused on drinking water treatment technologies to address ongoing issues like cyanobacteria (which form Harmful Algal Blooms) or the removal of PFAS (think non-stick, stain-resistant, or waterproofing-type chemicals). While it's fun being a scientist, I also love dragging my husband to new places near and far, exploring the outdoors, and nerding over books/music. Twitter: @SamSmithCinci

Kari St. Laurent
Kari St. Laurent

I earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography in 2014. My research focused on the sources and fluxes of black carbon in the Subtropical Atlantic. After, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science studying extreme climate change. I am currently the Research Coordinator for the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.


Trisha Spanbauer

I am an NSF postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. My research interests are primarily on how the environment shapes communities and populations of microorganisms over a variety of timescales. I take an interdisciplinary approach, fusing paleoecological methods with molecular ecology.


Katelyn Szura

I am currently completing my Masters in Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Rhode Island. My research focuses on examining how nitrogen inputs affect greenhouse gas fluxes from salt marshes, ultimately linking this work to how it impacts carbon storage in coastal wetlands. When not knee deep in marsh mud I enjoy running, hiking, sailing, and spending time with my pup, Bailey.

Valerie Thorsen
Valerie Thorsen

An environmental engineer with a passion in emission reduction and sustainability, particularly in what businesses can do to reduce their impact and provide environmental outreach for their stakeholders.

Sarah Waldo
Sarah Waldo

I earned my PhD from Washington State University’s Lab for Atmospheric Research, where I measured greenhouse gas emissions and uptake from agricultural systems. I’m interested in carbon and nitrogen cycling, how these cycles are affected by human activity, and feedbacks between these cycles and climate change. I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher at the EPA Office of Research and Development in Cincinnati, OH, studying methane emissions from reservoirs.

Jeannie Wilkening
Jeannie Wilkening

I am currently a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley where my research focuses on ecohydrology, which means I look at interactions between ecosystems and the water cycle. Before coming to Berkeley, I did my undergraduate in Chemical Engineering at University of Arizona and an MPhil in Earth Sciences at University of Cambridge, where my research focused on biogeochemical cycling in salt marshes. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy knitting, hiking, watching too much Netflix, and asking strangers if I can pet their dog. Twitter: @jvwilkening


Klara Winkler

I am a PhD student at Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany and Lund University, Sweden. My research focuses on human-nature relationships using the ecosystem services concept in rural areas. For my PhD I research governance aspects of ecosystem services. I'm a passionate European and train-traveller.

 

Former Contributors


Daniel Ackerman

I'm completing a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. My research subjects vary quite a bit, from the arctic tundra of Alaska's North Slope to urban lakes near my home in Minneapolis. I study how carbon and nutrient cycles in these natural and built environments are responding to human activity in a rapidly changing world. When I escape fieldwork and labwork, you can catch me canoeing in the Boundary Waters, birdwatching, or reading.

Jessica Burnett
Jessica Burnett

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying indicators of changes in ecosystems and social-ecological systems at continental and sub-continental scales. I am particularly interested in using existing, long-term, and publicly-funded data sets to identify large-scale and long-term patterns in ecological communities and species.


Alissa Cox

I am working on my PhD in the Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology at the University of Rhode island. My research investigates the effects of sea level rise on coastal septic systems, and whether plants could represent a cost effective way to mitigate some of the nutrient loading from these systems. Before returning to graduate school, I taught high school science and special education for several years. When I'm not science-ing, I can usually be found elbow-deep in some fluffy fiber arts project - at this point the addiction is incurable!


Gabi Serrato Marks

Gabi is a PhD student in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography. She got her B.A. in Earth and Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College. She is based at MIT, where she works with David McGee on stalagmites from the Yucatan Peninsula. Her research focuses on paleoclimate and precipitation records. She in interested in science communication and public outreach, as well as issues of diversity and inclusion in STEM. Twitter: @gserratomarks.


Elizabeth Whitney

Elizabeth is a Graduate Assistant from the University of Rhode Island (URI) in Kingston, Rhode Island. She has been working with the Preisser Lab since 2015 and plans to graduate with her M.S. in 2018. Prior to being at URI, she earned her bachelors degree in biology at Unity college in Unity, Maine. She is currently working on wrapping up her thesis and pursuing a job in science education. Elizabeth is from Massachusetts.