Graduate Students & Postdocs

Graduate Students

Amelie C. Berger

Ph.D (Berg)
Email: acb4rk@virginia.edu
Twitter: @ameliecberger
Website

Michael Cornish

Ph.D (Castorani)
Email: mrc8bn@virginia.edu
Twitter: @MichaelRCornish

Kayleigh Granville

Ph.D (Berg)
Email: keg8fb@virginia.edu
Twitter: KE_Granville

Sean Hardisone

Ph.D (Castorani)
sh5rs@virginia.edu
Twitter:
@SeanHardison

Ieva Juska

M.S. (Berg)
Email: ij7tt@virginia.ed
Twitter: @ieva_juska

Kylor Kerns

Ph.D (McGlathery)
Email: kk2kq@virignia.edu
Twitter: @kylorkerns

Carly Laroche

Ph.D. (Doney)
Email: ckl6be@virginia.edu
Twitter: @carly_laroche

Spencer Tassone

Ph.D (Pace)
Email: sjt7jc@virginia.edu
Website

Kinsey Tedford

Ph.D (Castorani)
Email: ktedford@virginia.edu
Twitter: KinseyTedford
Website

Elise Turrietta

M.S. (Reidenbach)
Email: emt4ze@virginia.edu

Postdocs

Carolyn Ewers Lewis

Post Doc (McGlathery)
Research Interests: Dynamics and drivers of “blue carbon” sequestration in seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and mangrove forests
Email: ce8dp@virginia.edu
Twitter: @carolynjewers

Seagrass Alumni

Lillian Akoi

Ph.D. & Post Doc, 2018 – Advisor: Karen Mcglathery
Dissertation: Seagrass as a Coastal Filter: Investigating the Role of Seagrass Meadows in Mediating Nitrogen Cycling in Shallow Coastal Lagoons.
Current Location: Postdoc, Cornell University

Luke Cole

Ph.D., 2011 Advisor: Karen Mcglathery
Dissertation:  
Inputs and fluxes of nitrogen in the Virginia coastal bays: Effects of newly-restored seagrasses on the nitrogen cycle.
Current Location:
Associate Director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds

Marie Lise Delgard

Ph.D & Post Doc., 2018 – Advisor: Peter Berg
 Dissertation:
Major biogenic elements in coastal zones and on the interactions between macrophytes and biogeochemical cycles in these environments
Current Location:
Private Industry

Jennifer Hansen

Ph.D., 2013 – Advisor: Matthew Reidenbach
 Dissertation:
The effects of waves and turbulence on sediment suspension and mixing within seagrass ecosystems.
Current Location:
Environmental Scientist with the Natural Resources Management Department of Brevard County, Florida

Kim Holzer

Ph.D., 2010 – Advisor: Karen Mcglathery
Dissertation:
Interactive effects of herbivory and nutrient enrichment on seagrass ecosystems
Current Location:
Sustainability Officer, Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Andrew Hume

M.S., 2008 Advisor: Peter Berg & Karen McGlathery
Thesis:
Dissolved oxygen fluxes and ecosystem metabolism in an eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadow measured with the novel eddy correlation technique
Current Location:
PhD Candidate, Stanford University

Matt Long

Ph.D., 2018 – Advisor: Peter Berg & Jay Zieman
Dissertation: 
Using Eddy Correlation to Understand the Impacts of Hydrodynamics, Irradiance, and Surface Area on Ecosystem Metabolism Dynamics in Coral Reefs, Seagrass Meadows, and Ice Sheets
Current Location: 
Assistant Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Meredith Ferdie Muth

Ph.D., 2009  – Advisor: Karen Mcglathery & Jay Zieman
Dissertation: 
Disturbance, gap recovery and patch dynamics of
species-rich tropical seagrass communities
Current Location: 
NOAA CLimate Program Office, NIDIS Team, Regional Drought Information Manager

Matthew Oreska

Ph.D., 2018 – Advisor: Karen McGlathery
Dissertation: 
Blue Carbon Benefits of Seagrass Restoration
Current Location: 
White House Office of Management and Budget

Laura K. Reynolds

Ph.D., 2012  – Advisor: Karen Mcglathery
Dissertation: 
Genetic diversity and structure of natural and restored seagrass meadows on the Eastern Shore of Virginia: Causes and ecological consequences
Current Location: 
Assistant Professor at the University of Florida

Jennie Rheuban 

M.S., 2013  – Advisor: Peter Berg & Karen Mcglathery
Thesis: 
Oxygen metabolism in restored eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) meadows measured by eddy correlation
Current Location: 
Research Coordinator, Woods Hole Sea Grant (WHSG) 

Emily Thomas

M.S., 2014 – Advisor: Matthew Reidenbach
Thesis:
Influence of Zostera marina on Wave Dynamics, Sediment Suspension, and Bottom Boundary Layer Development within a Shallow Coastal Bay
Current Location:
Hydrologic Engineer working at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation-San Joaquin River Restoration Program

Ross Timmerman

M.S., 2014 – Advisor: Matthew Reidenbach
Thesis: 
Biophysical Controls on Sediment Suspension in a Shallow Coastal Bay
Current Location: 
Research Data Analyst at Scripps Institute of Oceanography