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).
I earned my PhD in Environmental Science with a focus on Hydrology in 2014 from the University of Rhode Island. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
I am a Master's student in Restoration Ecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research focuses on the recruitment dynamics of the Bullhorn Acacia in restored tropical forest in Mexico, as well as the interactions between the acacia and the ants that colonize it. I'm very interested in science communication, and you can check out some of my other work at my website: www.anikahazra.wix.com/personal
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 is completing a Masters of Science in Marine Science at UNC Wilmington. He has worked in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory since 2015, and plans to finish his degree by December 2017. His research pertains 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!?
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Akim Mahmud is a graduate student in the department of Coastal Marine Systems Science at Coastal Carolina University and in the advanced academic program at Johns Hopkins University. His research interest focuses on the interaction between various physical coastal processes and geologic framework in South Carolina. He is also interested in various sea floor mapping techniques and GIS data management and visualization. He received his Bachelor of Science in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at the City College of New York with a minor in Economics. When not on the water, Akim enjoys hiking, cooking, music concerts, photography, soccer,tennis and sometimes ponders about the universe.
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
I'm a PhD Candidate 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 Prairie lakes. 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
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I completed my M.S. in Biological and Environmental Sciences from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. As a community ecologist, I studied the interaction between invasive insects and a native plant. I recently moved to Washington, DC to support student/faculty development in the microbial sciences and am driven to increase science literacy. Although I'm enjoying working at the intersection of research, education, and communication, I miss long days in the field. Away from work and freelance writing, you can find me running in Rock Creek park, dodging city bikers, and scheming my next backpacking trip.
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.
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.
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.