Doctoral Candidate

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.
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.
Effects of heatwaves on small-scale fisheries and marine ecosystems
Andrew (Drew) Villeneuve (he/him/his) is a global change marine ecologist interested in working with data across scales of ecological organization to better understand the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems and the people that depend on them.
Marine invasion ecology
Researcher Matt Tyler interested in the long-term effects non-native algae and sessile animals will have on intertidal and subtidal communities in the Gulf of Maine, and what role they will play in facilitating or resisting future invasions.
The effect of thermal stress on gene expression and oxidative stress of non-native colonial tunicates within the Gulf of Maine
Madison Hurley's research focuses on the dominant non-native ascidian Botryllodies violaceus, and understanding how climatic variances will alter the physiological and genetic response of this species.
Biogeography and Ecology of Seaweeds
Brandon O'Brien is investigating how the composition of seaweed communities in the Gulf of Maine has changed over time.
Seabird trophic and movement ecology and the use of seabirds in monitoring forage fish communities
Researcher Aliya Caldwell GOM-breeding Common Terns and the forage fishes they rely on, which include species of herring, hake, and sand lance among others.
Designing Poplar and Willow plants for increased Nitrogen and Carbon assimilation and Biomass yield
Medini Weerasinghe's research focuses on producing transgenic plants of poplar with genes that regulate polyamine biosynthesis.
Poplar gene regulation
Sanchari Kundu's research looks at modulating the activity of polyamine pathway and over expressing the SPDS and mODC genes to study the growth of stem, leaves, roots, chlorophyll content.
Genetic and neuro-physiologcial impacts of noise on invertebrates
Jessica Brigg's research uses a systematic approach to test the neurological, behavioral, and endocrine response of female Australian black field crickets under unfavorable acoustic conditions.
Microplastics and marine life in Great Bay
Taja Sims-Harper is a doctoral student in the marine biology Ph.D. program. She conducts research on microplastics in oysters and other marine life in Great Bay in the lab of Bonnie Brown, professor of ecological genetics and the chair of the department of biological sciences.