Team

Co-Founders and Editors-in-Chief


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 have a fascination for the urban environment and clean water. So, what better way to combine that than working in stormwater?
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

Publication Editors

Aidan Barry

I am truly fascinated by our ever-changing world, from ecosystems to the interstitial cracks. I'm currently earning my Master's in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut. My research is focused on how sea-level rise and restoration strategies alter carbon cycling and microbial communities in salt marshes. When I'm not in the lab or covered in marsh muck, there's a good chance I'm down at the beach surfing, up in the mountains backpacking, or performing music somewhere in between.
Instagram: aidanbarry94

Lindsay Green-GavrielidisLindsay Green-Gavrielidis

I’m an Assistant Professor at Salve Regina University, 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.

Whitney KroschelWhitney 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.

Laura MastLaura 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.

Alina Spera

I am a second year master's student at Louisiana State University studying wetland biogeochemistry and coastal restoration. My thesis work involves a geostatistical analysis of wetland soil and how large scale restoration projects may impact it. When I'm not in the field or lab I'm probably playing roller derby or hanging with my hamster!

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Maria Loza
Maria Loza

Maria is passionate about integrating science and policy to contribute to evidence-informed decision making to help providing solutions to social issues in the health sector. She earned a Ph.D. in Genetics and Microbiology (2013) from the Paris Descartes University - Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. She continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Canadian Blood Services (2015-2018) in Ottawa. Her research focused on the study of molecules that help pathogenic bacteria to adapt to environments that represent a health risk. She is a Registered Microbiologist by the Canadian College of Microbiologist.

Currently she works at a federal government agency in Canada, providing advice and operational support in the development and delivery of research funding programs to foster discoveries and innovations that positively impact the health sector.

Maria enjoys communicating science, watching sunsets from any spot in the world and currently she aspires to become a conservation photographer.

Authors

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 BarretoChelsea 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.

Andrew BartonAndrew Barton

Raised in the southern Appalachians of western North Carolina, Andrew Barton is a forest and fire ecologist, science writer, and professor of biology. His research focuses on how forests are responding to changing climate and wildfires in the Sky Islands of the American Southwest. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Changing Nature of the Maine Woods, and Ecology and Recovery of Old-growth Forests in Eastern North America from Island Press. Drew co-founded the Michigan National Forest Watch and the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition, and was a key player in the Mt. Blue-Tumbledown Conservation Alliance, which protected 30,000 acres of forestland in western Maine. He teaches courses on ecology, conservation, plants, and forests, as well as a travel course on the ecology of Costa Rica.

Ph.D. University of Michigan, M.S. University of Florida, B.A. Brown University

Abigail Bezrutczyk

I’m a fourth-year undergraduate at Cornell University, where I study environmental science and plant science, and do research with invasive plants. I’m interested in pursuing a career in science communication after college. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, drawing, and snacking on goldfish crackers.

Kristina BlankKristina 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!

Lauren BonatakisLauren Bonatakis

I'm a second year Master's student at LSU studying the commercial freshwater fisheries in Louisiana. I am interested in pursing a career focused on the intersection of fisheries science, policy, and management. Outside of science I enjoy going to as many concerts as I can, hanging with my dog, and traveling.

Ashley Riane BoothAshley 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 wetland loss and management, 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 marsh elevation while providing valuable habitat for important waterfowl species.

Pernilla BorgstromPernilla Borgstrom

I have a PhD in ecology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and have spent a lot of time in the past half decade thinking about what role interactions between plants and insects play in determining how an ecosystem responds to environmental change. Outside of my research, I'm interested in figuring out how to broadly communicate science in ways that will both inform and inspire people on issues regarding climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.

Kristen BrownKristen 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 and find out about my research at https://www.kristen-brownphd.com/

Kara Cromwell

I recently finished my PhD in Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focused on environmental drivers of disease in high-altitude streams. Beyond the science of parasites, I am interested in how people perceive the creepy, crawly and less charismatic elements of biodiversity, and I try to find creative ways to communicate about nature's unseemly side. I now live in Missoula, MT where I act as a consultant and communicator focused on making ecology research accessible and meaningful to community stakeholders.

Mary Davis

I earned my PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2018, where my research focused on nanoscale polymer systems and how their properties change with geometry. I am now applying my background in polymers to environmental systems as a postdoctoral research associate at the U.S. EPA. This involves studying the breakdown of plastics and the generation of microplastics in the environment, as well as their interactions with other pollutants. When I’m not working in the lab, I enjoy crafting, cooking, and being outside.

Munim Deen

Munim is an epidemiologist and cartographer. 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.

Aleksandra Dolezal

I am in the process of completing my Masters at the University of Guelph in the Department of Integrative Biology. My research investigates habitat-based drivers of arthropod abundance, richness and functional group composition in agricultural landscapes. When I am not doing research I am outside collecting insects or improving my photography skills.
Twitter: Ecology_forlife

E.M.B. DoranE.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.

Jessica EspinosaJessica Espinosa

Hi! My name is Jessica Espinosa and I am a research assistant in environmental sciences at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center in New York City. Currently, I am part of research team looking at harmful algal blooms in the NYC area. I received my masters degree in Conservation Biology is 2018 from Columbia University where my thesis focused on the effects of coastal pollution on the behavior and morphology of hermit crabs in Fiji. I am also a Mount Holyoke College and City Year Alum. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, hiking, doing martial arts, and playing music.

Laine FarberLaine Farber

I am recent graduate of Louisiana State University. With a background in journalism and a love of science, I have a passion for making science stories easy to understand and enjoyable to read. I am currently working in the education department of an environmental non-profit based out of New Orleans and stepping into the highly competitive freelance journalism game. When I am not rewriting a textbook or chasing down a story, you can find me walking along the lakefront, painting or feeding dry corn to ducks. For more information follow me on Twitter at @lfarber14 or Instagram @lainefarber.

Marlo GarnsworthyMarlo 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.

Maddie HalloranMaddie Halloran

I am a second 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.

Nick Iraola

Nick has a Master of Science in Marine Science from UNC Wilmington. His master's thesis research pertained to eutrophication and nutrient cycling within an urban blackwater lake in Wilmington, NC. Currently, Nick works for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority testing drinking and waste water for safe consumption and discharge (respectively!!). Nick also works as a part-time research scientist at UNCW's Center for Marine Science in the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory and the Nutrient Analysis Core Facility. 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!?

Niranjana KrishnanNiranjana 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.

Mary Grace LemonMary 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 Ph.D. student studying freshwater ecology and biogeochemistry at Virginia Tech. Whenever possible, I enjoy thinking and writing about the role of science in society, including community-based science, science communication, and science for the public good. 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.
Twitter: @lewis_lakes

Riley LovejoyRiley Lovejoy

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama, where I completed a Master’s degree in 2017. My current research focuses on biological invasions of ecological communities, using freshwater plankton as a study system. I believe science is for everyone, and love connecting others with topics they can become passionate about. Because of this, I founded an organization called Delta Tree Initiative that introduces middle and high school girls to STEM research and careers. If I’m not at a microscope, in a pond, or doing outreach, you can likely find me hiking, baking, or spending time with family and friends. Instagram: @love.joy.science

Maria LozaMaria Loza

Maria is passionate about integrating science and policy to contribute to evidence-informed decision making to help providing solutions to social issues in the health sector. She earned a Ph.D. in Genetics and Microbiology (2013) from the Paris Descartes University - Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. She continued as a postdoctoral researcher at Canadian Blood Services (2015-2018) in Ottawa. Her research focused on the study of molecules that help pathogenic bacteria to adapt to environments that represent a health risk. She is a Registered Microbiologist by the Canadian College of Microbiologist.

Currently she works at a federal government agency in Canada, providing advice and operational support in the development and delivery of research funding programs to foster discoveries and innovations that positively impact the health sector.

Maria enjoys communicating science, watching sunsets from any spot in the world and currently she aspires to become a conservation photographer.

Anita MasseAnita Masse

Anita is currently a research manager/administrator for the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) branch of the EcoToxChip project. In 2016, she graduated with a MSc in Aquatic Ecotoxicology focusing on the reproductive and developmental effects of elevated dietary selenium on amphibians. She looks forward to imparting a "bite" of scientific knowledge that will empower readers to engage in discussions that can inspire change.

Brittany MauleBrittany Maule

I earned my Master's in Biology from Ball State University in 2017, studying how everyday human products like the compounds in bug spray and Tylenol affect the organisms that live in our streams and rivers. I'm interested in how human pollutants play a role in our aquatic ecosystems, especially since we use them for so many important functions! Currently, I work at Green Seal - a nonprofit that strives to make all sorts of products safer for human health and the environment. When I'm not working on my science communication stuff, I can be found hiking or curled up with a book and warm mug of tea.

Bianca RossBianca 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!

Sarah Shainker

Sarah is from Atlanta, GA and studied Marine Biology and Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston. She is a recently returned Peace Corps Philippines volunteer, where she spent 2 years living on the island of Samar and working in Coastal Resource Management. She currently works as an environmental educator in the north Georgia mountains, and her favorite animal is the marsh periwinkle.

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.

Andrew TrlicaAndrew Trlica

Ph.D. candidate in BU’s Department of Earth & Environment. My interest centers on landscapes defined by the human presence, focusing especially on how humanity’s choices connect our landscapes to the causes and consequences of climate change. My research has dealt with the urban carbon cycle and urban forest, the urban heat island, agricultural practices and soil quality, and disturbed land reclamation. I'm also interested in improving communication between science, policy, and the broader public. Twitter/Insta: @places_we_made

Jackie WebbJackie Webb

I’m an environmental scientist specializing in issues relating to water quality of aquatic systems in agricultural landscapes. My interests resides in ecosystem biogeochemistry, with a focus on hydrological monitoring, carbon and greenhouse gas accounting, and development of quantitative models to solve environmental issues. I gained my PhD from Southern Cross University in Australia, where I studied terrestrial and aquatic carbon cycling in agricultural floodplains. I am particularly interested in the broader ecological importance of artificial waters that play a critical role in water resources for agricultural and urban areas. My postdoctoral research at the University of Regina (Canada) involved working on greenhouse gas and carbon accounting in agricultural dams across Saskatchewan. Currently, I'm residing in Australia finishing off my postdoc and doing some casual research work. Developing new collaborations and pursuing underrepresented ecosystems/research topics is something I value the most in my work. When I'm not doing science I can be found enjoying yoga, trail running, swimming, barre, reading, and in the kitchen making fermented everything! Twitter: @JackieRWebb

Jeannie WilkeningJeannie 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

 

Former Contributors

Anika Hazra
Anna Filyushkina
Ashley Bulseco-McKim
Clifton Dassuncao
Guiomar Ruiz-Perez
Hannes Keck
Jessica Burnett
Kari St. Laurent
Kiran Gurung
Luiza Aparecido
Lushani Nanayakkara
Olivia Box
Rachel Shaffer
Sakshi Rana
Samantha Smith
Sarah Ledford
Sarah Waldo
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