Nia Bartolucci graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2017 with a BA in Environmental Studies and a concentration in ecosystem science. She is interested in studying how climate change and other anthropogenic impacts are affecting the biogeochemistry and ecosystem function of coastal wetlands. Funded by NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship and Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, Nia is currently studying how we can make coastal wetlands more resilient to rising sea levels in New England. Specifically, her dissertation research investigates how the salt marsh resiliency strategy thin layer placement of sediment (TLP) impacts salt marsh biogeochemistry.
Meredith Fritsch is a second year undergraduate student currently pursuing a degree in marine science at Boston University. She grew up on the waters of Southeast Alaska, fascinated by local marine ecosystems and determined to dedicate her life to the study of the ocean. Her interests include biological oceanography, climate change, anthropogenic impacts on the ocean, and marine conservation. Outside of the lab, Meredith can be found researching sharks and whales, reading, skating with the Boston University Synchronized Skating Team, or enjoying the outdoors.
Ilana Jacobs is a second year undergraduate at Boston University pursuing her B.A. In Marine Science. She grew up in Denver Colorado, and spent her summers in Woods Hole, MA. Most recently worked on developing genetic tools to study an anoxic ciliate and the function of the Mitochondrial Related Organelle with Dr. Virginia Edgcomb and Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh at WHOI/Harvard. Ilana is most interested in studying the impacts of microbial communities on biogeochemical cycles in the deep sea. Outside of the lab, Ilana loves scuba diving, skiing, and backpacking!
Melissa Ederington Hagy received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Maryland College Park. Her graduate research at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory focused on the transfer of biomarkers in a marine food web. Upon graduation, she worked at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science where she was involved in research using biomarkers as indicators of organic matter in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Most recently she was a research associate at the University of West Florida where she participated in projects measuring polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Melissa has extensive experience with a variety of analytical instruments such as Nutrient AutoAnalyzer, GC, GC/MS, and HPLC.
Brenden Blakley is a 3rd Year Undergraduate, pursuing a B.A. in Marine Science. He grew up in a small town in Kansas. He chose to study marine science in order to help protect the ocean and the life it harbors. He hopes to eventually figure out what career he wants to pursue in order to obtain that goal. This summer he is funded by the BU Undergraduate research opportunity program to study the Si cycle in macroalgae.
Alex Geisser received her B.S in Marine Science with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of New England in 2020. She is interested in exploring the role of macroalgae in coastal biogeochemical cycling, carbon sequestration, and how it may be affected by climate change. Funded by RI Sea Grant, Alex is currently studying the potential for macroalgae to act as a reservoir for pathogenic vibrio bacteria in the context of oyster aquaculture.
Lydia Jefferson holds a BS degree in Environmental Sciences-Water from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to their graduate studies, they focused on land use's impacts on respiration rates in urban streams. At BU, they are interested in studying the intersectionality between urban and coastal water quality and environmental injustice. Outside of the lab, Lydia enjoys spending time with loved ones and eating Thai food.
Cat Mahoney graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 2021 with a B.S. in Oceanography. During her time at MMA, she completed a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, investigating alternative phosphorus sources for open ocean phytoplankton. She was also a recipient of the NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarship and was a data analytics intern for the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, researching methane sources in Puget Sound. Cat is passionate about coastal and marine environments and loves to spend her days out on the ocean. She will be joining the Fulweiler lab as part of the Rhode Island Sea Grant funded N-fixation project in Narragansett Bay.