People


Current Students

Linsey Haram (PhD) 

linseyharam@gmail.com

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) 

robert.d.harris@gmail.com

Website: robertdanielharris.com

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) 

rssmith218@gmail.com

Website: rachelssmith.com

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) 

aklee@uga.edu

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)

jeffrey.beauvais127@gmail.com

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.

Julie Blaze (Research Technician)

Email: blazejuliea@gmail.com

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.

Undergraduate Students

John Coffin

Senior

He is an Ecology and Marine Science double major, who has been working with the lab since Fall 2013.  As a CURO Fellow, he researched oyster larval patterns as they relate to current and wave energy.

Katie Maddox

Junior

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

Junior

She is an Ecology student who has been working with the lab since September 2014.  As a CURO fellow, she will be studying the interactions between coastal marsh grass and oyster reefs.

Kelly Mayes

Freshman

She is a first year 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.

Clarissa Keisling

Junior

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

Adam Greer

Freshman

Adam is a first-year 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

Freshman

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.

Emily Noakes

Freshman

She is a first year student in Marine Science and is helping with a project studying the interactions between marsh grass and mangroves.  She has been helping with the lab since Spring 2017.

Claire Sammons

Junior

Claire is a third year 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. 


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.