Baker, Ronnie, Ph.D
(James Cook Univ., Australia) Dr. Baker's research focuses on the functional roles of coastal ecosystems in support of fisheries, particularly their role as nurseries for fishery species. Research opportunities include field and laboratory-based studies of coastal food webs, with a focus on the diets of early juveniles of fishery species.Read more email@example.com
Carmichael, Ruth, Ph.D.
(Boston Univ., 2004). Research focuses on how human activities and pollution affect animals (oysters, horseshoe crabs, dolphins and manatees) and their habitats, using traditional ecological, elemental, and telemetry methods to understand responses to change, from physiology to growth and survival or movement patterns. Carmichael is the Director of the DISL Manatee Sighting Network and the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Students in her laboratory can opt to work with a marine mammal veterinarian to conduct additional studies related to disease and causes of mortality in marine animals.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Cloyed, Carl, Ph.D.
(University of Louisville) Dr. Cloyed is an evolutionary ecologist who works within Dr. Ruth Carmichael’s laboratory. Dr. Cloyed's research focuses on how environmental factors shape niche variation within and among species and drive animal movement and predator-prey interactions. Research opportunities include using stable isotopes to better understand the links between freshwater input and community dynamics in and around Mobile Bay.Read more email@example.com
Dorgan, Kelly, Ph.D.
(Univ. of Maine, 2007). Dr. Dorgan is an ecologist whose research focuses on interactions between infaunal organisms and marine sediments. She is interested in the mechanics of worm burrowing as well as the impacts of worms on sediment structure and biogeochemical cycling. Current projects in the lab include how infauna affect the acoustic and geotechnical properties of sediments, how daily changes in oxygen affect animal behaviors and biogeochemical cycling, interactions between fauna and physical properties of sediments following a disturbance such as a major storm, and the roles of meiofaunal organisms in sediment ecosystems.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Dzwonkowski, Brian, Ph.D.
(Univ. of Delaware 2009). Research interests lie in coastal physical oceanography (things related to the structure and flow of water (currents, tides, stratification) and how physical processes impact biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem function.Read more email@example.com
Hoadley, Kenneth D. Ph.D.
(Univ. of Delaware, 2016). The transfer of energy and complex responses to climate perturbations within unique symbioses such as that between the dinoflagellate taxa (Symbiodiniaceae) and reef corals are of particular interest within the lab. Dr. Hoadley’s lab uses a combination of physiological measurements and molecular techniques to identify acclamatory and/or stress mitigating techniques employed by various phytoplankton species in response to environmental stress.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Krause, Jeffrey, Ph.D.
(Oregon St. Univ., 2008). Research focuses on how phytoplankton (marine single-cell plants), especially diatoms, cycle energy and elements in the ocean, and the processes promoting the efficient transfer of their material to higher organisms (e.g. primary and secondary consumers).Read more email@example.com
Lehrter, John, Ph.D.
(Univ. of Alabama, 2003). Research focuses on understanding nutrient, organic matter, and oxygen cycling in coastal systems and how these cycles are related to aspects of water quality (eutrophication, hypoxia, coastal acidification). Research includes use of remotely sensed data and numerical modeling to aid coastal management.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Martin, Ph.D.
(University of South Alabama 2010) Research in the Martin lab focuses on the ecology of marine, estuarine, and freshwater areas, including the role of anthropogenic stressors in structuring these ecosystems. Recent projects have highlighted submerged vegetation and its potential for restoration, patterns in fish community composition variability across space and time, and the effects of tropical species moving into subtropical and temperate areas.Read more email@example.com
Powers, Sean, Ph.D.
(Texas A&M, 1997). Research focuses on the ecology of marine fish and invertebrates, particularly those that support commercial and recreational fisheries. The ultimate goal of his research program is to provide scientifically sound information to direct the conservation and restoration efforts of marine fisheries and habitats.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Reese, Brandi Kiel, Ph.D.
(Texas A & M University, 2011). Research is interdisciplinary by bringing together Geology, Molecular Microbiology, and Geochemistry to provide a more integrated examination of aquatic and sediment biogeochemical cycling. Specifically specializes in combining state-of-the-art culture-independent molecular techniques (including metatranscriptomics and metagenomics) with high throughput culturing and advanced geochemical analysis to describe the total microbial environment. This systems biology approach to understanding microbial ecology has spanned marine and freshwater; shallow sediments within estuaries and coastal hypoxic zones; deeply buried continental mines and caves, and marine subsurface sediments through the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP).Read more email@example.com
Robertson, Alison, Ph.D.
(James Cook Univ., Australia, 2005). Research focuses on toxicity and health impacts of natural toxins and human pollutants in marine and freshwater systems, particularly sub-lethal effects on behavior, reproduction, immune system, and nervous system function.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Scyphers, Steven, Ph.D.
(University of South Alabama, 2012)Research integrates sociology and ecology to better understand and overcome major challenges facing coastal communities. Current projects focus on sustainable coastal fisheries, living shorelines, and nature-based strategies for coastal resilience, coastal habitat and ecosystem restoration, and climate adaptation.Read more email@example.com
Smee, Lee, Ph.D.
(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006) Research focuses on chemical signaling between predators and prey communities, including work related to oyster reef ecology, mangrove encroachment, pesticide effects on blue crabs, and biogeography of seagrass communities in the Gulf of Mexico.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Steinmuller, Havalend, Ph.D.
(University of Central Florida 2019) Research focuses on the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus within and throughout coastal systems, including mangroves, intertidal oyster reefs, and tidal marshes. Specifically, she is interested in how disturbance (sea level rise, eutrophication, extreme events, etc.) alters biogeochemical cycling within coastal soils and sediments.Read more email@example.com
Tarnecki, Andrea Ph.D.
(Auburn University, 2014). Research primarily addresses needs identified by the Alabama shellfish aquaculture industry and its stakeholders. The Tarnecki lab tests technology/practices that have the potential to alleviate challenges and bottlenecks encountered by the off-bottom oyster farming industry. Because of her training in microbiology, additional research interests include new and emerging shellfish diseases, harmful algal blooms, and seafood safety.Read more firstname.lastname@example.org
Titus, Ben Ph.D.
(Ohio State University, 2017). Research in the Titus Lab uses the iconic mutualisms from tropical coral reefs to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate biodiversity in these tightly linked interactions. We combine field research, systematics, and genomic approaches to understand mutualisms at all levels of biological organization.Read more email@example.com