Martín Benavides

UNC Chapel Hill

Martín (@selacophile_dad) is a PhD student at the UNC Institute Of Marine Sciences studying coastal shark ecology. He is also a former High School Science Teacher with 4 years of experience in the classroom. He has taught Biology, Environmental Science, Earth Science and Marine Science, serving the inner-city communities of the outer boroughs of New York City. He received a MS for Teachers from PACE University and an MS in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University. He obtained his BS in Marine Biology at UNC Wilmington.

Molly Bost

UNC Chapel Hill

Molly (@MollyBost) is currently a Research Technician in Dr. Antonio Rodriguez and Dr. Joel Fodrie’s labs based at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City. She is currently working on a project investigating how land-use change over the past 150 years may have affected the sedimentation regime in North Carolina’s tidal creeks. Molly graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Science and in 2016 with a MS in Marine Sciences. Her graduate work, with Dr. Brent McKee, focused on sedimentation and Carbon burial rates in the New River Estuary using radiometric dating.

Rachel Canty

UNC Chapel Hill

I’m a master’s student in the Noble lab being co-advised by Rachel Noble and Brett Froelich. I am studying surface competition between pathogenic and non-pathogenic Vibrio strains and the relevance of this competition in reference to their bioaccumulation in oysters. I graduated from UNC in 2016 with a BS in Environmental Science.

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Alexandria Hounshell

UNC Chapel Hill

Alex (@Seashells1111) is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences studying nutrient cycling of organic nitrogen in freshwater and estuarine systems. She received a BS in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2012 before moving to Florida to work as a Staff Chemist with Mote Marine Laboratory. She has been involved in several outreach projects including organizing a citizen’s water quality monitoring program and writing for a marine sciences oriented blog, UNdertheC. Alex participated in the first SciREN Triangle before joining the SciREN Coast team.

David Marshall

UNC Chapel Hill

 

Anastasia Quintana

Duke University

Anastasia Quintana is a 3rd-year PhD student at Duke University studying issues of marine conservation and management using interdisciplinary social science methods drawing from behavioral economics, anthropology, and sociology. For her PhD, she is studying antisocial behaviors such as conflict, cheating, and competition in Baja California fishing towns to understand how fishers negotiate conservation, policy, and livelihood constraints. Anastasia lives in Atlantic Beach, NC, with her betta fish. …………………………………………….. …………………………………………… …………………………………….. ………………….. …………………………

Bryce Van Dam

UNC Chapel Hill

Bryce is a PhD student at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, studying under Dr Hans Paerl. He completed his BS in Environmental Science at the University of West Florida, and his MS in Soil and Water Science at the University of Florida in 2012. Bryce’s primary research interest is in coastal and estuarine carbon cycling, focused on the various biological, chemical, and physical processes that are responsible for driving these systems to either take up or release carbon. His interest in science was fostered early on by positive hands-on experiences in his own K-12 education. As such, Bryce is very excited to help foster connections between research and education communities, connections that will hopefully provide students the same spark of interest in science that he saw.

Stacy Zhang

Duke University

Stacy Zhang (@StacyZhang_) is a PhD student at Duke University in Marine Science and Conservation based at the Duke marine lab in Beaufort, NC. Her dissertation research investigates how to incorporate positive interactions at multiple scales to enhance restoration of seagrass ecosystems. Stacy received her BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 where she researched the role of community diversity on coral reef resilience to disturbance and began participating in outreach at the annual NC Science Festival.

Shelby Ziegler

UNC Chapel Hill

Shelby (@slziegler220) is a PhD student in the Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology at UNC Institute of Marine Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding how habitat connectivity and trophic interactions influence community dynamics in coastal marine systems. Shelby graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2013 with a degree in Biology. During undergrad she worked as an environmental education intern at the Maymont Foundation developing lesson plans and working with students of all ages. This experience taught her the importance of integrating novel science into STEM education and developed excitement for participating in outreach activities.