People

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

Mackenzie Gavery

My research aims to improve our understanding of the physiological responses of marine invertebrates to natural and human-driven environmental change.  Specifically, I am interested the role of epigenetics, processes that can alter gene activity without changes to the underlying DNA sequence, in mediating environmental responses in shellfish.  I am using the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) as a model to examine the role of DNA methylation in regulating interactions between genes and the environment. Through this work I hope to better understand the pathways through which environmental contaminants, such as endocrine disruptors, induce physiological changes and to determine whether these induced changes can be passed on to future generations


Claire Ellis

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

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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.


Andy Jasonowicz


Jay Dimond (coming soon)


Research Scientists

Sam White

Brent Vadopalas

Crystal Simchick

Giles Goetz


Undergraduate Students

Katie Jackson

Grace

Etilet

Jonathan Allen


Alumni

Graduate Students

Emma Timmins-Schiffman

Doug Immerman

Caroline Storer

Dave Metzger

Undergraduates

Hannah Wear; UW SAFS (xx-xx)
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Charles Duber; UW SAFS (xx-xx)
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Jessica Blanchette; UW SAFS (xx-xx)
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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