Jeff Beauvais (PhD)

Graduate Students

Jeff Beauvais (PhD)

Jeff is an ICON student interested in the impacts of coastal development on the ecological processes and integrity of salt marshes. He is also interested in understanding how social vulnerability might facilitate coastal development, and how this process feeds back to affect local communities.

Julie Blaze (MS)

Julie Blaze

Julie is a research technician in the Byers lab and has been working with the team since January 2016. She is interested in community ecology. Some of her previous work includes studying community dynamics in eelgrass beds, monitoring recovery of disturbed sandy shore habitats, and surveying migrating shorebird foraging behaviors.

Enjian Chen

Enjian Chen (Post-doc)

Enjian is a Visiting Scholar working with the Byers Lab. He is conducting experiments studying coastal plant species and their associated mycorrhizal communities.

Darren Fraser

Darren Fraser (PhD)

Darren is interested in energy and nutrient dynamics at habitat edges. His current work focuses on how a terrestrial mesopredator, the North American raccoon utilizes the forest/salt marsh edge during foraging activity and the effects of this activity on salt marsh invertebrates.

Linsey Haram

Linsey Haram (PhD)

Linsey is interested in how humans impact estuarine ecosystems and the ecological communities within them. For her PhD she is investigating the effects of an invasive seaweed on the ecosystem structure and function of Georgia and South Carolina’s salt marshes. Some of her previous experiences include monitoring the spread of invasive shrimp in New England estuaries and using parasites’ genetic information to track invasion pathways at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

R. Daniel Harris

R. Daniel Harris(PhD)

Daniel is interested in spatial interactions between ecosystem engineers and how small changes to these interactions could cause major ecosystem function shifts. He has 6 years of experience coordinating oyster restoration and living shoreline projects, which has lead to his current work studying oyster and Spartina interactions.

Alex Lee

Alex Lee (PhD)

Alex is interested in community ecology and parasitology. Some of his previous work include investigating the nature and spread of invasive Spartina in San Francisco Bay salt marshes and the conservation genetics of an endangered hemiparasitic plant. He is co-advised with Michael Yabsley in the IDEAS program.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith (PhD)

Rachel is interested in understanding the mechanisms and effects of expanding ecosystem engineers. In her doctoral work, she is exploring how interactions between black mangroves and salt marsh species influence mangrove expansion success and invertebrate community composition. Previous work includes studies of community development in fouling communities in southeast Australia, effects of ocean acidification on larval oysters, and community effects of geoduck aquaculture in Washington State.

Megan Tomamichel

University of Minnesota, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on the St. Paul campus. Principal investigators include: Peter Sorensen, Paul Venturelli, Ray Newman, and Donn Branstrator. Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station project #41-070, "Identification and Functional Characterization of Sex Pheromones in Cyprind Fish," principal investigator Peter W. Sorensen. And, MAES #41-074, "Trophic and Community Interactionsin Freshwater Systems and Their Significance to Invasive Plant Control," principal investigator Raymond M. Newman.

Megan Tomamichel (PhD)

Megan is interested in host-parasite dynamics in aquatic systems. Her previous work includes modeling the consequences of a microsporidian parasite to a yellow perch population, exploring trophic cascades in freshwater ecosystems, and researching functional genetic mutations in an invasive freshwater plankton. She is co-advised with Richard Hall in the IDEAS program.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Katie Maddox

She is a third year Ecology student who has been working with the lab since September 2014.  As a CURO fellow, Katie studied the impacts of an invasive alga on blue crab foraging behavior.

Sydney Bourget

She is an Ecology student who has been working with the lab since September 2014.  As a CURO fellow, she is studying the effects of physical factors on infaunal species on oyster reefs.

Kat Clancy

She is an Ecology and Marine Science major who is working in the lab.  Kat is studying respiration rates of the marsh periwinkle, Littorina irrorata.

Clarissa Keisling

Clarissa, an Ecology student, has been working with the lab since Summer 2016 on a project studying oyster larval dynamics.  As a CURO fellow, she is studying the distribution of microplastics across an estuary.

Emma Dickinson

Emma is an Ecology and Music double major.  She is broadly interested in coastal ecosystems and community interactions.

Benjamin Edelman

Benjamin is a second-year Biology Major with a Marine Science emphasis.  His work in our lab will help map the biodiversity of oyster reefs across an estuary.

Adam Greer

Adam is a Genetics and Chinese double major, who is working with the lab measuring oyster larval dynamics.  He has been with the lab since Fall 2016.

Diane Klement

Diane is an Art and Ecology student working on a project studying the impacts of an invasive alga on marsh grass health.  She has been working with the lab since Fall 2016.

Kelly Mayes

She is an Ecology student helping with a project studying the impact of snail grazing on marsh grass health.  She has been with the lab since Fall 2016.

Katie O’Shields

Katie is an Ecology major interested in communicating science to broad audiences.  She is working in the lab studying the diets and grazing patterns of the marsh periwinkle.

Hend Rasheed

Hend is a third year Genetics major.  She is working on a project studying how temperature changes affect grazing in the Marsh Periwinkle, Littoraria irrorata.

Claire Sammons

Claire is an Ecology student, who has been helping in the lab since Spring 2017.  She is working on a project studying the interactions between marsh grass and mangroves.

Jackson Sanville

Jackson is a First year Biology Major at UGA.  He is working with us studying biodiversity on oyster reefs.

Camille Womack

Camille is helping our lab study oyster reef biodiversity on an estuarine scale. She is a third year Water and Soil Science Major.

Past Students

 Past Students

Completed Graduate Students

John Meyer (M.S.,2005), 2006 NOAA Josh A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Associate Director of Science Communications, College of the Environment, Univ. of Washington.

Blaine Griffen (Ph.D., 2007), Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of South Carolina.

Aaren Freeman (Ph.D., 2007), Assoc. Professor, Dept of Biology, Adelphi University, NY.

April Blakeslee (Ph.D., 2007), Asst. Professor, Dept of Biology, East Carolina University.

Laura Page (M.S., 2009), Middle school science teacher, Watertown, MA.

Irit Altman (Ph.D., 2009), Asst. Research Scientist at Boston University.

Wan-Jean Lee (Ph.D., 2012), 2012 NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.  Research Scientist with the National Climate Change Secretariat, Singapore.

William McDowell (Ph.D., 2014), Assistant Professor, Merrimack College.

Virginia Schutte (Ph.D., 2014), Science Communication Coordinator, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON).

Jennafer Malek (Ph.D., 2015), 2016 NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Communications and Policy Specialist, NOAA Marine Debris Program and Research Fellow, Marine Mammal Commission.

Carolyn Keogh (Ph.D., 2016), Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator at the Odum School of Ecology, Univ. of Georgia.

Alyssa Gehman (Ph.D., 2016), NSF postdoctoral Fellow, at Univ. of British Columbia with Dr. Chris Harley.

Completed Post-docs

Lauren Pintor (2010), Asst. Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University.

Heidi Weiskel (2011), Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Safra Altman (2012), Army Corp of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS

Jayna Devore (2013), postdoc at the University of Sydney with Dr. Richard Shine.

Paula Pappalardo (2015), postdoc at the University of Georgia with Dr. Craig Osenberg.