Graduate Students

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Behrens, Jonny
Biology
  • Bernhardt, Emily
  • Doyle, Martin
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Jonny is an urban ecologist and biogeochemist interested in the fate and transport of contaminant mixtures through urban freshwater ecosystems. His research engages stakeholders within the broader community to design field research and communicate results to inform water resource management decisions and policies.

Bruns, Nicholas
Environmental Sciences & Policy (NSOE)
  • Heffernan, Jim
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)

Nick is interested in dynamic, spatial processes. His current research focuses on growth-in-motion, specifically growth dynamics in phytoplankton during river network transit. Nick uses both data-intense (remote sensing, high frequency sensors, Bayesian inference) and data-free (math modeling) techniques.

De La Mater, David
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Wright, Justin
  • Silliman, Brian
Community Ecology

Dave draws from the methods and theory of trait-based functional ecology and biogeography. He uses broad-scale observation, small-scale experiments, careful measurement, and a dash of modeling to make mechanistically-based predictions about how we might expect environmental change (e.g. climate warming, nutrient pollution, etc.) to impact species form, interactions, and functions. Dave's goals are twofold: to advance ecology towards generality through mechanistics, and to ultimately provide mechanistics-based prescriptions for the conservation and restoration of imperiled ecosystems.

DeSisto, Camille
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Poulsen, John R.
Community Ecology

Camille is interested in how anthropogenic disturbances affect species interactions in tropical forests.

Fader, Joseph
Marine Science And Conservation (NSOE)
  • Read, Andrew
Behavioral Ecology

I study the behavioral ecology of marine mammals (toothed whales known as pilot whales) to better understand their bycatch interactions with commercial longline fisheries.

Lohmann, Amanda
Marine Science And Conservation (NSOE)
  • Nowacek, Douglas
Behavioral Ecology
Merrill, Greg
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Nowacek, Douglas
Behavioral Ecology

Greg’s dissertation research is broadly focused on assessing the impacts of plastic pollution on the energy mobilization and thermoregulatory capacities of blubber in marine mammals. His previous work has focused on investigating maternal foraging behaviors of Alaskan northern fur seals in an effort to establish an effective and relatively inexpensive long-term monitoring index of foraging success and pup survival.

Pearce, Allison
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Heffernan, Jim
Ecosystems Ecology (including Biogeochemistry)
Poulton Kamakura, Renata
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Clark, James S.
Community Ecology
Scher, Lane
Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Clark, James S.
Community Ecology

Lane studies community ecology and the effects of global change on species interactions. She is particularly interested in forest dynamics and regeneration in temperate regions.

Shearer, Jeanne
Marine Science And Conservation (NSOE)
  • Read, Andrew
Behavioral Ecology

My research focuses on the behavioral responses of humpback whales to approaching large ships in order to understand how they respond to ship approaches and what mitigation efforts might reduce ship strike mortality.

Simha, Anita
Biology
  • Wright, Justin
Community Ecology

Anita's research focuses on how past events affect present community structure. Specifically, how and why do communities with different disturbance histories (like fire) vary in their responses to a next disturbance? When and how do initial conditions, like the order in which individuals arrive to a community, affect species’ traits and performance? What effects do initial conditions have on species’ interactions and ability to coexist?

Jillian Wisse
Wisse, Jillian
Marine Science And Conservation (NSOE)
  • Nowacek, Douglas
Behavioral Ecology

Jillian’s dissertation work investigates the physiological responses of short-finned pilot whales to naval sonar. By developing analytical chemistry methods for hormone analysis and establishing physiological baselines, she aims to improve our understanding of the behavioral ecology of poorly understood species and how they respond to environmental disturbances, like ocean noise.