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

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.

Megan Hintz


Like many Washingtonians, I grew up exploring and enjoying the unique marine environment of Puget Sound. Because of the natural connection I had with the waters in Puget Sound, I became interested in marine research in college. I started in the Becker Lab at UW Tacoma as an undergraduate researcher on two projects: determining the ability of mussels to remove nutrients from the Thea Foss Waterway and measuring the distribution of Olympia oyster larvae in Fidalgo Bay. Following graduation, I completed an eight month internship at the Center for Urban Waters, where I investigated different methods to remove phosphorus from stormwater. Currently my research focuses on studying the movements of larval oysters to enhance restoration efforts. The dynamic nature of my current research, with the combination of field and lab elements, keeps me intrigued and motivated. At any time I could be trudging through the mud in Fidalgo Bay or doing molecular biology in the lab. Through this research experience I have also discovered that baby oysters are super cute. It’s not every day that you get to use complex science to aid in the restoration of adorable marine critters. Follow Megan on Twitter (@BivalveFanatic)

Research Scientists

Sam White

Brent Vadopalas

Crystal Simchick

Giles Goetz

Andy Jasonowicz

Undergraduate Students

Grace Crandall

Jonathan Allen

Mrunmayee Manohar Shete


Graduate Students

Andy Jasonowicz

Claire Olson

Mackenzie Gavery

Emma Timmins-Schiffman

Doug Immerman

Caroline Storer

Dave Metzger


Katie Jackson UW SAFS (2015)

Joelle Blaise UW SAFS (2014)

Hannah Wear; UW SAFS (2013-2014)

Charles Duber; UW SAFS (2013-2014)

Jessica Blanchette; UW SAFS (2013-2014)
proposal paper

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

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