Graduate Student Profiles

Non parametric models for the study of marine ecosystems
Miguel de Jesus Gomez Garcia believes that modern quantitative methods can significantly enhance our comprehension of ecosystems and help address complex conservation and management questions that have proved challenging thus far.
Behavioral Effects of Ocean Acidification and Warming
UNH marine biology student Todd Selling studies potential behavioral changes that the American lobster may experience as a result of ocean acidification and ocean warming.
Mangrove Habitat Restoration
Nia Jeffers research area is mangrove habitat restoration and management with a focus in mangrove restoration methodology.
Texas Coastal Fisheries and Extreme Events
Ana Silverio uses long-term independent and dependent fisheries catch data from Texas Parks and Wildlife and quantitative tools to look at how extreme events affect coastal fish populations along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Microzooplankton Grazing and Marine Aggregates
Mikayla Cote examines the influence of marine microzooplankton grazing on the production/consumption of transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) and marine aggregates in general.
Aquaculture of Wildemania Amplissima
Riplee Mercer's research examines a species of nori called Wildemania amplissima and how it can be used in aquaculture in New England.
Quantitative Biology Education
Faith Frings is interested in developing methods for increasing quantitative literacy in biology courses at the undergraduate level.
Acoustic and Genetic Indicators of Coastal Acoustic
Grant Milne explores the use of passive acoustic monitoring and metabarcoding of seawater samples as methods of measuring soundscape properties and detecting marine taxa to identify indicators of the underwater acoustic environment in temperate coastal habitats.
Genetic assessment of eastern oysters and their pathogens
Alyssa Stasse's dissertation work focuses on using genetic techniques, such as genome and transcriptome sequencing, to determine differences between populations of eastern oysters.
Marine Mammal Bioacoustics
Melanie Smith studies how acoustic data can help us to better understand the ecology and behavior of marine mammals, specifically humpback whales in Southeast Alaska
Using acoustics to monitor dense populations of animals
Valerie Eddington is studying the integration of acoustic and quantitative ecology to investigate new methods for monitoring dense populations of animals.
Environmental Stressors on Blue Mussels
Kyrie Newby is studying the effect of different environmental stressors, including ocean acidification, ocean warming, the presence of invasive species, and more on the blue mussel Mytilus edulis.