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 in Environmental Science with a focus on Hydrology in 2015 from the University of Rhode Island. Currently, I am a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine NRC Postdoctoral Fellow hosted at the EPA where 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.
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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

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.

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.

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.


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
Lindsay Green

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.


Nick Iraola

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!?

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 the hydrological processes. Outside of work, I spend the majority of my time exploring the swamps and culture of Louisiana.


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.

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.

Lushani Nanayakkara
Lushani Nanayakkara

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.

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!


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!


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.


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.


Claire Wilson

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.

Jeannie Wilkening
Jeannie Wilkening

I am currently a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley where my research focuses on ecohydrology. More specifically, I look at the lithological controls on plant drought response. 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, rowing, drinking too much coffee, and watching more netflix than I'd truly like to admit.


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.