Alia Al-Haj received a B.S. (2010) in Biology and M.S. (2014) in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Her Master’s thesis investigated the effects of changes in light and temperature on eelgrass depth limits in the Virginia Coastal Bays in order to identify areas for future eelgrass restoration. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Marine Science in a few years.
Sarabeth Buckley received her B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science and got 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 genera and studied blooms of cyanobacteria and methods for detecting them at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. In 2013 she began her Ph.D. at Boston University and received an honorable mention from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She is now measuring sediment accretion rates, litter decomposition rates, and respiration rates in salt marshes around the Long Island Sound in order to determine whether these marshes are keeping up with sea level rise. She is also interested in carbon sequestration and harmful algal blooms. Additionally, Sarabeth is on the officer board for Boston University’s Graduate Women in Science and Engineering and is the Lead Coordinator for the Science Girl’s Club.
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 between her undergraduate and graduate work Sarah spent four years working on a long-term water quality project in San Francisco Bay as an estuarine research assistant for the US Geological Survey. In her Masters research at BU, Sarah investigated the spatial and historic variability of sediment nutrient cycling and denitrification in Waquoit Bay, MA. Sarah’s fundamental scientific interest is the 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 and methane. She was recently awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship in support of this research. Last summer (2013) Sarah had the opportunity to study microbial oceanography at C-MORE at the University of Hawai’i Manoa. Check out her blog of the course. When she’s not doing her own research Sarah also enjoys teaching and participating in outreach programs. For the past three years she has led a workshop called “Microbes and Mud” for middle school girls as part of the Women in Science summer program at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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.
Undergraduate Student Interns
Michelle Chen is a (rising) senior at Boston University majoring in marine science and minoring in environmental science. She is a proud Bostonian who developed a deep passion for the ocean through working at the New England Aquarium. Her mind was immediately set on learning more about the vast ocean and the organisms that dwell within after gaining experience working with marine animals. She is now interested in studying the connection between marine and terrestrial ecosystems and hopes to research anthropogenic effects on ocean organisms and marine habitats.
Abby Greenwood is from Milton, Massachusetts, a middle-sized suburb south of Boston. She is a Sargent College student, majoring in Human Physiology at Boston University. Someday she plans to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Unless of course she becomes transformed by marine biogeochemistry!
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.
Rob Lauto is a junior at Boston University. He is majoring in Biology and minoring in Environmental science. Having grown up on Long Island Rob has always had a particular interest in marine ecology and anthropomorphic influences on coastal ecosystems.
Chris Payne is a sophomore at Boston University and a Marine Science Major as well as BU Trustees Scholar. This summer he is interning at the Oklahoma Aquarium. You can learn all about here at his blog.
Emma Schectman is from Palo Alto California and is a freshman marine science major at Boston University. She fell in love with the ocean at a young age while spending time in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At the age of thirteen she started attending summer camp, SeaTrek, in the British Virgin Islands where she learned to scuba dive and sail while living aboard a catamaran. After three years attending SeaTrek she started to work as a counselor and earned her divemaster certification. She is passionate about ocean invertebrates, specifically cephalopods, but is intensely interested in all ocean native species.
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.