Graduate Student Profiles 2022-2023

Graduate Student Profiles
Student Thesis Topic Major Advisor
Camille Berardone
Hayden Bessette Jody Beers
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 Heather Spalding
Matt Carr Tracey Smart
Kelly Cusick Michael Janech
Liam Danaher
Abigail Davis
Leah DiMaggio Lane snapper Lutjanus synagris: documenting age, growth, and reproductive biology in the U.S. Caribbean Virginia Shervette
Evan Dunn 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 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 John Weinstein
Hunt Jones Does Microbiome Diversity Affect the Cycling and Retention of Nutrients in Caribbean Sponges? Christopher Freeman
Margaret Knight Leslie Hart
Hannah Korper 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 Jack DiTullio
Dimitrios Kyridis Julie Vecchio
Hannah Linde Peter Etnoyer
Kerryanne Litzenberg Physiological effects of age and temperature on blood chemistry, metabolism,
and mortality of harvested horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus
Jody Beers
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 Paul Pennington
Alexandra Mitchell Understanding reproductive development in female White Shrimp Penaeus setiferus in support of sustainable fisheries management Michael Kendrick
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
Brandon Reding Modeling the Effects of Sample Size on Empirically Derived Natural Mortality Estimates Based on Maximum Age Walter Bubley
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 Jack DiTullio
Carly Lynn Strange Ecological Association of Early Life History Stages of Fishes with Bottom Coverage of Benthic Algae Antony Harold
Anna Thornton 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
Lukas Troha Modeling the Selectivity and Fishing Mortality of Red Drum, Sciaenops ocellatus, in South Carolina from a Multiyear Tag-Recapture Study Joseph Ballenger
Gabrielle Tutelo Diet Composition of Juvenile Snapper-Grouper Species along the Southeast U.S. Atlantic Coast Tracey Smart
Ryan Ware Christopher Freeman
Catlyn Wells Characterizing the habitat utilization of commercially and recreationally important reef fish in the Southeast, US Walter Bubley
Schuyler Wilson
Adam Ziegler Determining Genetic Differentiation Among Populations of the Ecosystem Engineer, Diopatra cuprea, Using Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) Erik Sotka
Piper Zola