Graduate Student Profiles 2022-2023

Graduate Student Profiles
Student Thesis Topic Major Advisor
Camille Berardone
Hayden Bessette Effects of rod and reel fishing on the physiological stress response of Southeastern elasmobranchs and the post release mortality of Atlantic sharpnose sharks (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae John Weinstein
Shannon Bley Investigation of Microplastics in Stormwater Ponds and Chronic Exposure to Grass Shrimp (Palaemon pugio) with a Focus on Tire Wear Particles John Weinstein
Ashley Bobnar
Elizabeth Bullard Drivers of Estuarine Finfish Community Structure: A Case Study of South Carolina Coastal Estuaries Joseph Ballenger
Christopher Carbon Ecophysiology & water quality characterization of aquaculture and in-situ macroalgae in Charleston Harbor, SC, USA Heather Spalding
Matt Carr Tracey Smart
Kelly Cusick Urine protein composition of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Michael Janech
Liam Danaher
Abigail Davis
Evan Dunn Temporal characterization of intertidal macroalgal microbiomes at 'Ewa Beach, O'ahu, Hawai'i Heather Spalding
Raven Ferguson Examining variation in response to No. 2 fuel oil exposure between tall- and short-form saltmarsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora): Implications for marsh restoration after an oil spill Paul Pennington
Jesi Gibbs Behavioral and neurobiological responses to a noxious heat stimulus in the snapping shrimp, Alpheus angulosus: Exploring the potential for pain experience in a decapod crustacean Melissa Hughes
Peter Gibson
Zoe Golden
Maria Granquist Monitoring Microbiome changes of Mesphotic Corals during husbandry for restoration Thomas Greig
Alec Heilman
Ethan Johnson Temperature effects on the Sulfur for Phosphorus Lipid Substitution Strategy in P-limited Synechococcus WH-7803 Jack DiTullio
Gabby Jones Characterizing the Influence of Temperature on Microplastic Uptake and Depuration in Eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica John Weinstein
Margaret Knight Characterization of Phthalate Metabolites in the Blubber of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sarasota Bay, FL, USA Leslie Hart
Hannah Korper Spatiotemporal Prevalence of a Parasitic Dinoflagellate, Hematodinium perezi, in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, and the Water Column of the Charleston Harbor Estuary, SC, USA Lengxob Yong
Clayr Kroenke Application of eDNA, Metabarcoding, and PCR Techniques to Survey Community Variability and Pathogen Prevalence in Two South Salt Marsh Systems: A Pilot Study Thomas Greig
Jess Kusher Reducing Uncertainty and Spatial Biases in Blue Carbon Monitoring via in-situ and Remote Sensing Techniques of Charleston, SC Salt Marshes Jack DiTullio
Dimitrios Kyridis Exploring Spatial Variations in Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotopes of Reef-Associated Fishes in the Southeastern USA: A Path to Dynamic Environmental Modeling Julie Vecchio
Hannah Linde Feeding and reproductive ecology of three mesophotic octocorals to support restoration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Peter Etnoyer
Kelsey Martin Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in aquaculture feeds and potential dietary exposure from aquaculturally-raised fish Ashley Boggs
Alex Martinez
Adeline McCullough
Grace McGrew Prevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in the stranded common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population and its prey species in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. Paul Pennington
Claire Murdock
Colin Perkins-Taylor Using unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) to investigate the body condition and blow microbiome of an estuarine bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) population in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. Norman Levine
Elle Pestorius Heather Fullerton
Rachel Prostko Predator and Refuge Density Effects on Movement and Mating Behavior of Snapping Shrimp Alpheus angulosus Melissa Hughes
Anna Quintrell Characterization of Microbiome in Coastal Shark Species Heather Fullerton
Rachel Radick Characterizing Invertebrate Communities Associated with the Cryptogenic Alga Chondria tumulosa in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawai’i Heather Spalding
Josh Ratay Characterization of loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtle diets in South Carolina, USA David Owens
Grace Richa
Ian Rolfe Adaptations to the Photosynthetic Potential and Pigmentation of Mesophotic
Macroalgae in the Hawaiian Archipelago
Heather Spalding
Courtney Saldana Effects of Predicted Future Ocean Acidification and Dredging-Induced Turbidity on the Scleractinian Coral Lipidome Tracey Schock
Mikayla Sonnenfield Understanding phytoplankton community composition in Charleston Harbor, SC using a multi-method approach Jack DiTullio
Carly Lynn Strange Ecological Association of Early Life History Stages of Fishes with Bottom Coverage of Benthic Algae Antony Harold
Anna Thornton Assessing the multi-stressor interaction of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) toxicity and temperature in two estuarine fish species: The red drum Sciaenops ocellatus, and the sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus Marie DeLorenzo
Annabelle Tierney Distribution and characterization of microplastics in sediments and commercial shrimp species in South Carolina estuaries Andrew Tweel
Conor Torris A Survey of Epibionts of Marine Arthropods in the Charleston Estuary John Zardus
Gabrielle Tutelo Diet Composition of Juvenile Snapper-Grouper Species along the Southeast U.S. Atlantic Coast Tracey Smart
Ryan Ware Understanding the Effect of Substrate Complexity on Community Composition from Customized Marine Settlement Tiles in Charleston Harbor, SC Christopher Freeman
Catlyn Wells Characterizing the habitat utilization of commercially and recreationally important reef fish in the Southeast, US Walter Bubley
Schuyler Wilson
Piper Zola