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 (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 experience coordinating oyster restoration and living shoreline projects, which has lead to his current work studying oyster and Spartina interactions.

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.

alex-leeAlex 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.

Jeff Beauvais (PhD)


Jeff is a first year 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.


Affiliated Graduate Students

Kaitlin Kinney (M.S. Ohio State University)

Kaitlin examines the role of biotic resistance on the invasion of the southeastern USA by the porcelain crab, Petrolisthes armatus

Chelsea Crosby (M.S. Ohio State University)

Chelsea examines how learning affects foraging decisions of predators to include the novel invasive prey porcelain crab, Petrolisthes armatus, in their diets.


Completed Graduate Students

 John Meyer (M.S., 2005), 2006 NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.   Communications Specialist, 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), Instructor and postdoctoral researcher at Colby College.

Virginia Schutte (Ph.D., 2014), Postdoctoral researcher at Univ. of Georgia and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Jennafer Malek (Ph.D., 2015), 2016 NOAA John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.

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), 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.