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.
Isabel Sanchez-Viruet was born in Puerto Rico. She received her BSc degree in Environmental Science in 2015 with a research focus in marine sciences from Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan, PR. She has worked with Dr. Jeff Cornwell's group at Horn Point Laboratory as well with Dr. Sairah Malkin as a Faculty Research Assistant at UMCES Horn Point Laboratory. In a few years, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Marine Sciences.
Dr. John Angell graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2006 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts – Boston in 2016. Prior to his graduate work, he worked as a field/lab technician in the Sala Lab at Brown University. As a microbial ecologist, John’s research focuses on using molecular tools to understand the factors that control the community structure and function of microbes in the environment with a particular emphasis on microbes involved in the nitrogen cycle. John’s dissertation research, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Bowen, investigated the role abiotic conditions play in structuring microbial communities in salt marsh sediments at very fine spatial scales. While at UMass Boston, he received a Sanofi-Genzyme Research Fellowship in 2014 and several graduate teaching awards. John is currently a Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow at Boston University where he will both teach and work in the lab. In the Fulweiler Lab, John will apply molecular techniques to explore the biological underpinnings of the geochemical transformations measured in coastal systems.
Emily Chua received a B.Sc. Combined Honours in Physics and Oceanography and a minor in Math from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia) in 2015. Her honours thesis investigated wave-current interactions in tidal channels, with applications to tidal energy. During various research internships during her undergraduate degree, she investigated charge transport in hybrid solar cells (2013; University of Konstanz, Germany), and developed a deep sea membrane inlet system for use with an underwater mass spectrometer (2014; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA). In 2015, Emily moved to Boston to begin her Ph.D. at Boston University (BU) with a Fulbright Canada Student Award. In her first year at BU, she received a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Scholarship. For her dissertation she is working on an NSF funded project to develop a novel underwater mass spectrometer for measuring biogenic gases in permeable sediments. This project is in collaboration with SRI International (St. Petersburg, FL) and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (Savannah, GA).
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, and precipitation change) alter greenhouse gas fluxes in salt marshes. She has also ventured to Puerto Rico to work with Brita Jessen (a Ph.D. student at GSO/URI) on her mangrove nitrogen fertilization experiment. While at BU, Hollie has received the National Park Service George M. Wright Climate Change Fellowship, the Joshua A. Nickerson Conservation Fellowship, and the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 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. During the summer of 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 Tim investigates anthropogenic impacts to the biogeochemistry of coastal systems with an emphasis on Si cycle. Interested in learning more? Check out Tim's page: www.beantownscience.com.
Nick is a second year Ph.D. student in the Fulweiler Lab. His research focuses on oyster mediation of sediment biogeochemical processes, and the impacts these changes will have on coastal ecosystems. Nick earned both his B.S (2011) and M.S. (2014) in Environmental Science and Technology from the University of Maryland. After his undergraduate work and during his M.S., Nick worked for Maryland Sea Grant on water quality and bioremediation related research in both rural and urban areas of the Chesapeake Bay. His MS thesis work focused on the nutrient remediation potential of integrating algal culture with an already existing oyster aquaculture facility.
Maya Babu is currently a senior at Boston University, majoring in environmental science. She is originally from Oklahoma and has always been fascinated with human impacts on the environment. She began working in the Fulweiler Lab in the fall of 2013, and it was then that she gained an interest in looking at biological silica concentrations found in organisms. Maya is currently working on a directed study with Professor Fulweiler and Ph.D. student Nick to understand how oysters alter Si cycling.
John Casady is a sophomore at Boston University majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Energy Technologies. His love of the ocean stems from summers down in Chatham on Cape Cod. While spending time sailing the waters of Stage Harbor and Nantucket Sound, a deep connection was formed with not only the waters around him, but with the aquatic life he'd often encounter. He aims to understand how to make clean energy from the ocean’s waves while understanding the impact of human contamination on our coastal environments.
Sarah Fabbricotti is a rising senior at Boston University and is pursuing a major in Biology with
a minor in Philosophy. Sarah is from Worcester, MA originally, but spent her summers down in
Cape Cod where she found a passion for the ocean and marine environments of New England. While studying abroad in England, Sarah traveled to other beaches and oceans, and she hopes to further understand costal environments around the world.
Kate Sidell is a sophomore at Boston University majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Mathematics and in Environmental Analysis & Policy. Her love for the ocean began when she and her dad began scuba diving together during her freshman year of high school. She has continued to dive, in Florida, Mexico, and Iceland, which has led to understand the importance and beauty of the ocean.
Kelly Tobin is a senior from Manchester, Connecticut studying Marine Science. Her parents taught her from a young age to love and respect the world around her, and after spending time every summer on the North Carolina coast at the beach, she found her passion for the ocean. She closely identifies with the Great White Shark, and hopes to do research on their behavior and work to conserve them. This year she is a learning assistant (LA) for Introduction to Oceanography with Prof. Fulweiler.
Hung Tran, who is originally from the Texas Panhandle, is a rising sophomore at Boston College, with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. He discovered his love for the ocean when he was visiting family in Vietnam. His interests include a wide variety of marine creatures, but he has a soft spot for penguins. He hopes to one day contribute to developing a marine nature reserve.
Amy Green is a sophomore at Boston University studying Marine Science and Biological Anthropology. Originally from Minneapolis, she grew up sailing throughout the Great Lakes which sparked her initial interest in marine ecosystems. She loves to sail and spend time above the surface, but is also interested in learning to study the deep ocean. She is fascinated by the impact that humans have on their environment, and hopes to pursue research in the conservation of coral reef ecosystems in the future.
Julia Masterman is a sophomore at Boston University majoring in Earth and Environment. As a part of the BURECS program, she was exposed to paleoclimate research and scientific outreach regarding climate science her freshman year. Originally from Chicago, her time spent on Lake Michigan inspired her interest in the environment and it's ever changing nature. She began working in Fulweiler lab during the summer of 2015. Currently, Julia is working on a UROP funded project investigating how Canadian Geese impact urban Silica cycling.
Isabela Trumble is a freshman at BU majoring in Marine Science. She grew up across the river in Cambridge, MA. After lots of amazing trips abroad including an eye opening school trip to the Galapagos she hopes to pursue her interest in coral reef restoration and travel and hopefully one day be able to work hands on restoring damaged reefs in tropical ecosystems.
Jenn Soukup is a junior at Boston University majoring in marine science. She has a deep interest in the ocean and is fascinated by marine science and exploration. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois and her interests include travel, snorkeling, and surfing. She is qualified in advanced open water diving and future plans include additional qualifications in rescue diver and divemaster. Currently, she is interested in a variety of organisms that inhabit the oceans as well the importance of the relationships in marine ecosystems.
Mollie Yacano is a senior at Boston University and is majoring in Marine Science with a minor in Archaeology. She grew up in Virginia, but it was lifelong trips to the Outer Banks in North Carolina that sparked her love for the ocean. She has been working in the lab since Fall 2013 on various projects, and is currently interested in exploring the Silicon Cycle in shallow coastal estuaries. Mollie is currently working on a UROP funded project focusing on the biogenic silica content in various macrophytes found in these estuarine systems. She will continue this project during the summer and academic year as a part of her senior honors thesis.
Suzanne Ayvazian received her B.A. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, a M.S. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts- Lowell and her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island. She has been fortunate enough to hold Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and the University of Western Australia where she examined the relationship between nekton communities and habitat in different geographic settings. She was employed by the Department of Fisheries Research in Western Australia as a Senior Scientist for estuarine fisheries examining commercial and recreational catches of targeted finfish species. Currently, Suzanne is employed by the U.S. EPA in Narragansett RI and is conducting collaborative research to understand the ecosystem services conveyed by shellfish in estuarine waters and salt marshes. Working with our lab she is measuring ecosystem changes associated with oyster habitats.
Austin Humphries is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island. Austin recently finished a postdoc at the Atlantic Ecology Division with the US Environmental Protection Agency in Narragansett, Rhode Island. He received his PhD at Rhodes University, where he did research in Kenya with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Before his time in Africa, Austin earned a MS degree at Louisiana State University and did undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. Increasingly, Dr. Humphries’ research is interdisciplinary, conducting field and lab experiments as well as engaging in socioeconomic interviews, performing synthetic statistical analyses, and designing models to understand the interactions and outcomes that arise from coastal management interventions. His work is both local and international, often studying oysters in estuaries and tropical coral reef fishes, as well as the human dimension aspect, which involves the people that depend on these resources. Find out more about his work at ahumphrieslab.com. Working with our lab he is measuring nutrient cycling in oyster habitats.
Teri O’Meara earned a BS (Chemistry) and a BA (Biology) from Hope College and Ph.D. (Environmental Science) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Hope, she conducted research on the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in ground water. As a graduate student, she studied human impacts on nitrogen processing and primary productivity in salt marshes. To complete her work at UNC, she received a UNC Dissertation Fellowship and NC Coastal Reserve – NC Sea Grant Fellowship. After graduation, she was an undergraduate research coordinator for the NSF REU program at Samford University. Currently, she is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland. Her projects include multi-stressor effects on ecosystem service quantity and quality in coastal habitats; using planar optodes to understand interactions between biodiversity, ecosystem function and habitat heterogeneity; and using the biogeochemistry of mussel beds to monitor restoration progress/success. Working with our lab she will measure nutrient processing in shallow subtidal habitats with a focus on the role of fungus in driving marine nitrogen cycling.
Emily is a graduate student in the Climate, Physics, and Chemistry program at MIT, advised by Mick Follows. For her thesis, she's developing ways to incorporate explicit descriptions of microbial metabolisms into ocean biogeochemical models, with the goal of understanding microbial feedbacks to the climate system. Working with our lab, she is measuring the subsurface nitrification rates from the North Pacific Gyre to complement a model of nitrogen cycle dynamics.