Chandler Countryman

University of Georgia
Marine Sciences
Chandler is a PhD student in Dr. Adrian Burd’s lab. She is currently researching the impact of diel vertically migrating zooplankton on carbon export in the ocean and developing an agent-based model for this natural system. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Northern Michigan University in 2014. Chandler wishes to inspire young scientists through science education and currently teaches marine science topics for 5th and 6th graders and 8th-11th graders through the Duke TIP program. Her favorite things in the world are traveling, reading, backpacking, and coffee.

Maite Ghazaleh

University of Georgia
Environmental Health Science
Maite is a PhD student in Dr. Erin Lipp’s environmental microbiology lab. Her current research focuses on the health of coral reef ecosystems. She is interested in studying how Saharan dust events and ocean warming affect coral disease and the coral-associated microbial community. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, and received her BS with Highest Honors in Environmental & Marine Science. Maite channels her passion for science through local community outreach, and is a co-Founder of SciREN Georgia. She enjoys painting, relaxing with family, and eating Brazilian food.

Maria Letourneau

University of Georgia
Marine Sciences
Maria is a PhD student in Dr. Patricia Medeiros’ marine organic geochemistry lab. Maria is currently researching dissolved and particulate organic matter cycling and transformations in rivers, estuaries and in the ocean. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2015 cum laude with a BS in Marine Science, Biology, a BA in Classics, and a minor in Chemistry. Maria loves to inspire young scientists and to give back to her community through outreach events. She enjoys watching scary movies, hiking, and relaxing on the couch with her two cats and her dog. ……………………………………………. …………………………………………….
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Courtney Thomas

University of Georgia
Marine Science
Courtney is a Masters student in Dr. Mary Ann Moran’s microbial ecology lab. She is currently researching molecular exchanges between coastal heterotrophic bacteria and diatoms. Her goal is to determine what dissolved organic compounds are passed from autotrophs to heterotrophs within the ocean’s surface microbiome. She graduated from the Northwest Missouri State University in 2015, with BS in Marine Biology. Courtney is a co-Founder of SciREN Georgia. She enjoy horseback riding, outdoors adventures, and being around family.

Ruth Wangia

University of Georgia
Environmental Health Science
Ruth Wangia is a PhD student working with Dr. Luke Naeher on exposure and risk assessment  of household air pollution in Peru. Ruth graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Ruth loves to help high school kids with Science projects during her free time. Ms.Wangia is a native of Kenya, East Africa and has spent some time living in Denmark and France. She enjoys cooking, travel, hiking, reading and meditation. Ruth is a co-founder of SciREN Georgia.