Principal Investigator

Steven Roberts

Associate Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington where his research focuses on characterizing physiological responses of marine organisms to environmental change.

Graduate Students

Claire Olson

I am currently a masters student in Steven Roberts’ lab at the University of Washington in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.  My general research interests are studying aquatic ecosystem health as a function of environmental change, with an emphasis on the study of epigenetics.

Jake Heare


My current research focuses on understanding the phenotypic and genotypic effects of local adaptation in Washington’s native Olympia oyster (Ostrea lurida). I use tools such as next generation genomic and epigenomic sequencing as well as standard molecular methods such as PCR and qPCR.

I’m interested in understanding the ecology, biology, and physiology of oyster reefs with my primary focus on oysters themselves. I have used tools such as histology, immunohistochemistry, western blots, PCR, and qPCR to study various phenomena in oysters. I seek to improve conservation and aquaculture methods to ensure beautiful coastal areas and bountiful seafood catches for years to come.

My previous work has been in the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) with focus on reproduction and maturation at Louisiana State University, Oyster habitat damage assessment from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with the National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) work group, and disease testing in oysters at Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Biology from TAMUG.

Jay Dimond

I’m a naturalist at heart with a particular fascination with marine invertebrates. My background is primarily in the biology and ecology of symbiotic cnidarians, including reef corals and sea anemones that host endosymbiotic dinoflagellates and other photosymbionts. My work in the Roberts Lab will evaluate the role of epigenetics in the ability of these organisms to acclimatize and adapt to their environment, a topic that is especially relevant as we march on into the “anthropocene”, an era of increasingly human-altered ecosystems.

Andy Jasonowicz

Research Scientists

Sam White

Brent Vadopalas

Crystal Simchick

Giles Goetz

Undergraduate Students

Katie Jackson

Joelle Blaise

Grace Crandall

Jonathan Allen


Graduate Students

Mackenzie Gavery

Emma Timmins-Schiffman

Doug Immerman

Caroline Storer

Dave Metzger


Hannah Wear; UW SAFS (2013-2014)

Charles Duber; UW SAFS (2013-2014)

Jessica Blanchette; UW SAFS (2013-2014)

Bradley Chi; UW SAFS proposal paper slides

Paul Ehlen; UW FISH499 blog slides

Harry Podschwit; UW notebook

Derek Brady; UW SAFS proposal paper slides

Manel Khan; UW notebook

David Berman; UW SAFS proposal paper

Herschel Cox; UW SAFS proposal paper

Lexie Miller; UW FISH499 paper

Jason Tayag; UW SAFS proposal paper slides

Sonia Albin; UW SAFS proposal paper slides

Zac Halls; UW notebook

Amanda Davis FISH499; UW paper

Christina Miller FISH498; UW notebook

Rony Thi; UW notebook

Anna Fabrizio; UW SAFS proposal | paper | presentation

Kevin Jeong; UW FISH499 notebook

Rachel Thompson; UW SAFS  proposal | paper | slides

Leslie Jensen; UW SAFS  proposal | paper | slides | video

Christin McLemore; UW SAFS  proposal | paper | slides | video

Tatyana Marushchak; UW Chemistry project

Stephannie Spurr; UW SAFS paper | 499

Katie Fulkerson; UW SAFS proposal | paper | presentation

Cullen Taplin; UW SAFS proposal | paper | presentation

Juliann Clark; UW project

Tushara Saint Vitus; UW SAFS project

Lindsay Braun; Santa Clara University project

Mairead Bermingham; N Univ of Ireland, Cork project

Zachary Schiller; Tufts University project

Visiting Scientsts

Timothy Green; University of Queensland

Adelaide Rhodes; Visiting Scholar website