# Recent Alumni

# RECENT ALUMNI

Martin Benavides

Martin Benavides

**Advisor:**Joel Fodrie

**Completion Year:**2020, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal shark ecology, what controls the distribution and movement of sharks in the nearshore environment

Si Chen

Si Chen

Saulo Mendes

Saulo Mendes

**Advisor:**Alberto Scotti

**Completion Year:**2020, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Nonlinear Water Waves

Elaine Monbureau

Elaine Monbureau

Carson Miller

Carson Miller

**Advisor:**Antonio Rodriguez

**Completion Year:**2020, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal transgression and geomorphology

Owen Mulvey-McFerron

Owen Mulvey-McFerron

Wenjing Liu

Wenjing Liu

Chuxuan Li

Chuxuan Li

**Advisor:**Wei Mei

**Completion Year:**2020, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions; Global and Regional Climate Variability and Predictability; and Natural Hazards and Risk Assessment

Sarah Donaher

Sarah Donaher

**Co-Advisors:**Rachel Gittman and Charles Peterson

**Completion Year:**2020, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal Resilience Ecology

Barbara Zemskova

Barbara Zemskova

John (JP) Rippe

John (JP) Rippe

**Advisor:**Karl Castillo

**Completion Year:**2019, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation

Mike Muglia

Mike Muglia

Alexandria Hounshell

Alexandria Hounshell

**Advisor:**Hans Paerl

**Completion Year:**2019, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Organic Nitrogen cycling in freshwater and estuarine ecosystems

Carter Smith

Carter Smith

Jill Arriola

Jill Arriola

**Advisor:**Jaye Cable

**Completion Year:**2019, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Geochronology and biogeochemistry of salt marsh sediments

Weida Gong

Weida Gong

**Advisor:**Adrian Marchetti

**Completion Year:**2019, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Phytoplankton molecular physiology, marine ecology, bioinformatics

Erika Neave

Erika Neave

Laura Fisch

Laura Fisch

**Advisor:**Scott Gifford

**Completion Year:**2019, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Carbon cycling in marine microbial communities

Jessamin Straub

Jessamin Straub

**Co-Advisors:**Antonio Rodriguez and Rick Luettich

**Completion Year:**2019, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal Geology, Coastal Hazards and Resilience

Tim Wahl

Tim Wahl

**Advisor:**Christopher Martens

**Completion Year:**2019, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal biogeochemistry and nutrient cycling

Adam Rok

Adam Rok

**Advisor:**Christopher Martens

**Completion Year:**2019, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Marine Biogeochemistry and how systems interact with each other

Rachel Canty

Rachel Canty

Pierre-Yves Passaggia

Pierre-Yves Passaggia

**Co-Advisors:**Brian White and Alberto Scotti

**Completion Year:**2018, Postdoctoral Research

**Area of Interest:**Horizontal convection, stability analysis, optimal and robust optimization applied to fluid flows and stratified flows

Vamsi Chalamalla

Vamsi Chalamalla

**Advisor:**Alberto Scotti

**Completion Year:**2018, Postdoctoral Research

**Area of Interest:**Numerical modeling applied to oceanic flows, turbulence and mixing driven by internal gravity waves and their role in ocean circulation.

David Marshall

David Marshall

**Advisor:**Johanna Rosman

**Completion Year:**2018, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Turbulence and Mixing in Estuaries

Bryce Van Dam

Bryce Van Dam

John Paul Balmonte

John Paul Balmonte

**Co-Advisors:**Andreas Teske and Carol Arnosti

**Completion Year:**2018, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Linking community dynamics and ecosystem function of aquatic and marine bacteria to understand their role in global carbon cycling

Kelsey Jesser

Kelsey Jesser

Jie Gao

Jie Gao

**Advisor:**Rick Luettich

**Completion Year:**2018, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Use of Numerical Models to Study Hurricane Induced Storm Surge and Inundation

Adrienne Hoarfrost

Adrienne Hoarfrost

**Advisor:**Carol Arnosti

**Completion Year:**2018, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Organic Carbon Biogeochemistry

Linghan Dong

Linghan Dong

Justin Baumann

Justin Baumann

**Advisor:**Karl Castillo

**Completion Year:**2018, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Coral ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, coral reef ecology, and coral stress response.

Anna Atencio

Anna Atencio

**Advisor:**Brent McKee

**Completion Year:**2018, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal Geology and Geochronology

Charlie Deaton

Charlie Deaton

**Advisor:**Antonio Rodriguez

**Completion Year:**2018, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Ecogeomorphology/geoecology in coastal environments

Andrew Hyde

Andrew Hyde

**Advisor:**Andreas Teske

**Completion Year:**2018, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Deep-sea microbes and their environments

Rob Lampe

Rob Lampe

**Advisor:**Adrian Marchetti

**Completion Year:**2018, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Phytoplankton physiology, marine ecology, bioinformatics

Maxwell Tice-Lewis

Maxwell Tice-Lewis

**Advisor:**F. Joel Fodrie

**Completion Year:**2018, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Fisheries ecology with a focus on oyster reef macrofaunal community dynamics over space and time

Sarah Davies

Sarah Davies

**Advisor:**Karl Castillo

**Completion Year:**2017, Postdoct

**Area of Interest:**Ecological and evolutionary genomics of corals, dispersal ecology, population genetics, adaptation or range expansion in response to climate change, and transcriptomic responses to environmental stressors

Andrew Buckley

Andrew Buckley

**Advisor:**Andreas Teske

**Completion Year:**2017, Postdoc

**Area of Interest:**Nitrate/nitrite metabolism in Orange Guaymas Beggiatoa sp. Gene-cloning and protein-production derived from unculturable organisms

Justin Ridge

Justin Ridge

Ian Kroll

Ian Kroll

**Advisor:**Joel Fodrie

**Completion Year:**2017, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Early life history and population dynamics of commercially important fisheries

Emily Elliott

Emily Elliott

**Co-Advisors:**Brent McKee and Antonio Rodriguez

**Completion Year:**2017, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal and Fluvial Geology

Erika Young

Erika Young

**Advisor:**Charles “Pete” H. Peterson

**Completion Year:**2017, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Influences of shoreline stabilization structures on nekton and birds in salt marshes

Natalie Cohen

Natalie Cohen

Greg Sorg

Greg Sorg

**Advisor:**Niels Lindquist

**Completion Year:**2017, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Alternative Substrates for Oyster Reef Restoration and Bioeroding Sponges in NC Estuaries

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith

Michelle Brodeur

Michelle Brodeur

Ethan Theuerkauf

Ethan Theuerkauf

**Advisor:**Antonio Rodriguez

**Completion Year:**2016, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Examining the role of framework geology on shoreline response; Quantifying barrier island carbon budgets

Anna Jalowska

Anna Jalowska

**Co-Advisors:**Brent McKee and Antonio Rodriguez

**Completion Year:**2016, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**The source of nutrients and particles, their remobilization, transport and contribution to global circulation

Kathleen Onorevole

Kathleen Onorevole

**Advisor:**Michael Piehler

**Completion Year:**2016, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal nutrient cycling and restoration

John Gunnell

John Gunnell

**Advisor:**Brent McKee

**Completion Year:**2016, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Sediment Geochemistry and Radiology

Megan Schutt

Megan Schutt

**Advisor:**Harvey Seim

**Completion Year:**2016, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Atmospheric Boundary Layer Climatology, Offshore Wind and Ocean Energy

Amy Pflaumer

Amy Pflaumer

Jihyuk Kim

Jihyuk Kim

**Advisor:**Jaye Cable

**Completion Year:**2016, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coastal Hydrology and Geochemistry

Dan Hoer

Dan Hoer

**Advisor:**Christopher Martens

**Completion Year:**2015, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Carbon and Nitrogen Biogeochemistry

Stephanie Wear

Stephanie Wear

Lisa Nigro

Lisa Nigro

Luke Dodd

Luke Dodd

Kellen Lauer

Kellen Lauer

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

**Advisor:**Charles “Pete” H. Peterson

**Completion Year:**2015, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Ecological Parasitology

Kelsey Ellis

Kelsey Ellis

**Advisor:**Adrian Marchetti

**Completion Year:**2015, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Phytoplankton Molecular Physiology

Caleb King

Caleb King

Cassandre Lazar

Cassandre Lazar

**Completion Year:**2014, Postdoc

**Area of Interest:**Benthic Archaea in various marine sediment environments

Verena Salman

Verena Salman

**Completion Year:**2014, Postdoc

**Area of Interest:**Giant sulfur bacteria

Jennifer Prairie

Jennifer Prairie

**Completion Year:**2014, Postdoc

**Area of Interest:**Biophysical interactions relevant to plankton ecology on small scales

Tingting Yang

Tingting Yang

**Advisor:**Andreas Teske

**Completion Year:**2014, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Microbial Community Dynamics of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Luke McKay

Luke McKay

**Advisor:**Andreas Teske

**Completion Year:**2014, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Hydrothermal Vent Microbiology

Caitlin White

Caitlin White

Kimmaree Horvath

Kimmaree Horvath

**Advisor:**Justin Ries

**Completion Year:**2014, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Climate Changes and Coral

Zena Cardman

Zena Cardman

Sara Coleman

Sara Coleman

Avery Bullock

Avery Bullock

Serena Hackerott

Serena Hackerott

**Advisor:**John Bruno

**Completion Year:**2014, M.S.

**Area of Interest:**Coral Reef Ecology, Invasive Lionfish

Meredith Kintzing

Meredith Kintzing

**Completion Year:**2013, Postdoc

**Area of Interest:**Trophic Relationships on Reefs

Isaac Westfield

Isaac Westfield

**Advisor:**Justin Ries

**Completion Year:**2013, Ph.D.

**Area of Interest:**Carbon Sequestration Geochemistry