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.

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.