Ken Czapla graduated magna cum laude from Millersville University in 2008, earning his Bachelor’s degree in biology with a chemistry minor. He completed an Honors College thesis on the possible correlations between the morphology of the electrosensory system of skates and the water quality chemistry of their environments. He worked at the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service in Brunswick, GA, honing his field and analytical chemistry skills in their coastal Georgia water quality monitoring program. He spent the summer of 2011 at Toolik Field Station on the North Slope in Alaska. There, he researched the flow of nutrients through interconnected systems of lakes as well as the effects of nutrient fertilization in certain lakes. While at the Fulweiler Lab, he looks forward to working with the students and studying the biogeochemistry of coastal New England.
Silvia Newell received her Ph.D. in Geosciences at Princeton University. She was recently awarded an NSF postdoctoral fellowship to work with Wally Fulweiler on understanding the microbial communities that produce and consume nitrogen and nitrous oxide gases in the eutrophic Waquoit Bay estuary. She is driven to understand the interactions between the changing global climate, the gross human perturbation of the nitrogen cycle, and the subsequent ecosystem function. To this end, she uses both molecular biology and biogeochemical techniques. This interdisciplinary approach creates new ways to probe one of the most critical questions in ecosystem ecology: What are the feedbacks governing how the nitrogen cycle interacts with Earth’s changing climate? The goal of her research is to make fine-scale measurements of microbially-mediated nitrogen transformations and scale those rates up to understand nitrogen inputs and losses at the ecosystem level. She focuses on rates of nitrogen transformations (nitrogen fixation, nitrification, anammox, and denitrification) and the relationship between those rates and the diversity and abundance of the functional genes that control key steps of each process.
Sarabeth Buckley received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science and a minor in English in 2012 from Tufts University. At Tufts she completed a senior thesis on the effect of different water treatments on the chemical content of plants. She also carried out a research project in Costa Rica on the effect of seasons on the total phenolic concentration of three species. During this time, she also studied blooms of cyanobacteria and methods for detecting them at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In between her undergraduate and graduate work, she continued to work at Tufts and began to work in the Fulweiler Lab helping with various projects looking at the nitrogen cycle and learning lab techniques. In 2013 she received an honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program. She began her Ph.D. at Boston University in 2013 where she hopes to study harmful algal blooms in coastal systems.
Hollie Emery graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2009. While there, she completed a senior thesis examining the interactive effects of altered precipitation and warming on soil moisture at the Boston-Area Climate Experiment. After graduating, she continued working at the BACE as a research assistant, and extended her soil moisture research by relating it to changes to plant communities. Hollie is now a Ph.D. student at BU, where she has been investigating how human impacts (e.g. tidal restriction and restoration, invasive species) alter greenhouse gas fluxes in salt marshes. This spring she ventured to Puerto Rico to work with Brita Jessen (a Ph.D. student at GSO/URI) on her mangrove nitrogen fertilization experiment. Hollie has recently been awarded the National Park Service George M. Wright Climate Change Fellowship and the Joshua A. Nickerson Conservation Fellowship to study the effects of precipitation intensification on salt marsh carbon sequestration and nitrogen removal processes.
Sarah Foster earned a B.A. (2006) in Ecosystems Ecology and Environmental Science at Hampshire College and a M.A. (2012) in Earth Sciences at Boston University. In her Masters research, Sarah investigated the effects of eutrophication on nutrient cycle dynamics in Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts. In between her undergraduate and graduate work Sarah spent four years as a estuarine research assistant for the United States Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA. At the USGS, she performed water quality and phytoplankton ecology research for the Long Term Monitoring Program in San Francisco Bay. Sarah’s fundamental scientific interest is exploration of coastal ecosystem response to anthropogenic changes (such as nutrient pollution and climate change) across a variety of geographic and temporal scales. Sarah is currently pursuing a Ph.D. and her research is focused on the impacts of low oxygen on the microbial flux of nitrous oxide, an important greenhouse gas and ozone depleting substance. Sarah is currently in Hawaii taking the CMORE class - check out her blog.
Elise Heiss received her B.S. in Chemistry and minor in Mathematical Sciences in 2009 from Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, she researched the effects of humic and fulvic substances on the production rate ratios of alkyl nitrates in seawater. Elise began her Ph.D. at Boston University in 2009, and her research interests focus on studying local and global anthropogenic impacts on the marine nitrogen cycle in coastal environments. Since January 2010, she has been collecting intact sediment cores and measuring sediment net N2 fluxes over seasonal cycles to determine net sediment N-fixation and denitrification rates along an estuary-to-offshore gradient in Rhode Island. In April 2011, Elise was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, allowing her to investigate water column nitrification rates in the coastal and offshore New England area. During this project, she will determine how anthropogenic nitrogen loading and ocean acidification are impacting nitrification rates in both historically-studied and novel field sites in Rhode Island. Additionally, Elise is Social Chair for Boston University’s Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, and has served on the GWISE officer board since 2010.
Timothy Maguire received his B.S. in Marine Safety and Environmental Protection from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2003 and a Master of Liberal Arts in Environmental Management from the Harvard Extension School in 2012. After graduating valedictorian of the Maritime Academy Tim was employed as the on-board environmental compliance officer for two major cruise lines. In 2008 he moved back to Boston and worked as an environmental consultant focusing on remediation of polluted industrial and commercial properties while studying part-time at the Extension School. His master's thesis topic was salt marsh restoration in urban harbors. At the Fulweiler Lab he intends to investigate anthropogenic impacts to the biogeochemistry of coastal systems with an emphasis on Si cycling.
Ali Shaw graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2012, receiving a B.A. in both Environmental Sciences and Spanish. While at UVA, she focused on marine ecology. She helped test and present the UVA Bay Game, a computer simulation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that demonstrated the effects of various stakeholders on the bay, and in 2010 she traveled with the UVA in the Bahamas program to the remote island of San Salvador where she studied coral reef ecology. After graduating, Ali became an environmental educator. She worked at the Environmental Education Center on the University of Rhode Island’s W. Alton Jones Campus and then at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island through the Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative (OSEEC) AmeriCorps program. Ali is now a graduate student at BU’s School of Education and is working towards an MAT in Science Education. Growing up on the coasts of Maine and Rhode Island, she has always had a passion for the ocean and is excited to conduct research with the Fulweiler Lab.
Maya Babu is a freshman at Boston University majoring in biology and thinking about getting a minor in marine science. She is originally from Oklahoma and has always been fascinated with the marine biosphere. She is really interested in studying bigger marine mammals, but she is also interested in learning more about the human impact on the oceans.
Zachary Bengtsson is a junior majoring in biology and marine science. He has always been fascinated by the ocean and marine organisms. Zach is very interested in research that tackles issues related to anthropogenic effects on marine ecosystems. After graduation he hopes to attend graduate school where he can focus his studies on protection of biodiversity, understanding of our changing environment, and scientific education of the public.
Sarah Donovan is a senior at Boston University studying environmental science with a minor in chemistry. She has spent countless summers exploring the New England coastline with her family and hopes to continue this in her academic career. A lover of the outdoors, Sarah hopes to use her background in environmental science to delve into the processes behind climate change, as well as to promote environmental justice worldwide.
Maria Henning is a sophomore at Boston University studying Marine Biology and looking to minor in Philosophy. She was originally born in Caracas, Venezuela, but moved to Houston, Texas in 2001, permanently. Perpetually drawn by the ocean and its inhabitants, Maria began scuba diving at the age of ten and has been hooked ever since, spending many summers underwater, either on family vacations or at specialized camps. She plans to continue studying all aspects of the sea and all the creatures that call it home, either underwater or in the lab.
Gabrielle Hillyer is a sophomore at Boston University majoring in Marine Sciences looking to minor in biology. She was born and grew-up in Las Vegas, but has traveled around the world and participated in a numerous dives. Gabby’s interest was sparked by a variety of marine science and environmental summer camps she attended during her high school summers. She is currently interested in studying larger animals in the marine biosphere, but she is also very keen on about marine biogeochemistry research.
Katie Jalette is a senior marine science major at Boston University. She grew up in Chicago, and has been a volunteer at the Shedd Aquarium. An avid traveler and explorer, Katie can't wait to put her studies to use, and hopefully work one day with conservation efforts
A senior at Boston University, Benjamin Suehler is majoring in International Relations and hopes to minor in music performance as a Violist. Intrigued by science and interdisciplinary approaches to solving the world's problems, Benjamin has also fulfilled BU's pre-med track coursework. In his spare time, he loves to paint, read, run, and climb. An avid sailor, Benjamin loves spending his time on the water and hopes to better understand how humans interact with marine environments.
Mollie Yacano is a freshman at Boston University studying both marine and environmental science. She grew up in Virginia, but her love of the ocean was sparked during the countless summers she's spent in a small beach town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. During her sophomore year of high school, she had the opportunity to spend three weeks at a sea turtle reserve in Costa Rica, which did nothing but strengthen her desire to study marine environments. In her free time she loves surfing, diving, and basically anything else having to do with water! While her first love when it comes to the ocean will always be sea turtles, she's excited to delve into all being a marine scientist has to offer.
Kristin Yoshimura is a senior at Boston University studying marine science and earth science. She is originally from New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore, which was where she first became passionate about marine life and ecosystems. A member of the Fulweiler Lab since September 2011, Kristin is currently funded by Boston University's UROP program to study the presence of resident methanogens in the digestive tracts of salt-marsh crabs. Kristin plans to continue this research as a part of her senior thesis.
High School Students
Paul Burrowes graduated from Lexington Christian Academy in May 2013 and starts this fall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for the incoming class of 2017 as Biology & Biotechnology major. He is primarily interested in studying microbiology and genetics. Paul started working at the Fulweiler lab to fulfill LCA's internship requirements for seniors, then he got hooked and decided to stay for the summer. Paul helps out with all on-going projects and is even becoming proficient at the membrane inlet mass spec and has taken over updating of all our spreadsheets.