Kenneth K. Chew Endowed Professor in Aquaculture 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.
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. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
As a Univeristy of Washington alumna with a B.S. in Chemical Oceanography, I am very pleased to return to the UW to pursue a Masters at SAFS as an NSF Graduate Fellow. In the years between I began my career at SustainableWorks, an ARRA-funded energy efficiency program in Seattle working to reduce residential energy consumption, then with the Seattle-based consulting firm Ross Strategic on a spectrum of environmental projects such as flood mitigation, Puget Sound salmon recovery, air quality on tribal lands, the EPA Exchange Network, etc. Most recently I joined the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, a non-profit using boots-on-the-ground tactics to restore the native Olympia oyster & Pinto abalone in Puget Sound, where I gained valuable experience in hatchery techniques and a curiosity in shellfish restoration and research. Additionally, dual interests in scientific education/outreach and Ocean Acifidification led to volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium, the Ocean Inquiry Project, WA Sea Grant, and Earth Echo. In joining the Roberts Lab I seek to perform applied research to provide useful knowledge for shellfish aquaculture and restoration communities, with the express interest of maintaining affordable, delicious shellfish on our tables and shorelines.
Lab Notebook: laurahspencer.github.io/LabNotebook
As a California Bay Area native, I grew up going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I was always floored by the intricacies of the organisms themselves, but also how complex their environments were. These experiences pushed me to get my B.S. in General Biology and B.A. in Environmental Policy at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I studied several different species-environment interactions, including copepods and copper toxicity at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, marsh plants species and increased carbon inputs at the Smithsonian Institute for Environmental Studies and limpet-surfgrass interactions under acidified conditions at UCSD. At the Roberts Lab, I study how climate change is going to affect the organisms in our current and future oceans. My current projects involve examining ocean acidification’s effects on oysters using “-omic” techniques.
I’m also interested in projects at the intersection of science, policy and communication! I currently serve as the Social Media Intern at the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, where I spearheaded a profile series featuring graduate students in the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program. I interned at the Tropical Forest Group and served on the editorial board of the undergraduate biology research journal, Saltman Quarterly. I have also participated in several education and outreach experiences through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where I assisted with developing a teen social media brand and was a part of the aquarium’s youth delegation for the 2012 International Aquarium Congress. At UW, I’m the President of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science’s graduate student organization, FINS, do outreach with Students Explore Aquatic Sciences, and work with the Science and Policy Steering Committee.
If you want to know more about my path to graduate school, what it’s like to be a WOC in environmental sciences, my research, my school experience, or my extracurriculars, email me at email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I have been in love with the ocean and its critters my entire life, having grown up on the central California coast. I attended UW as an undergraduate and happily found myself in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. After volunteering in the Roberts lab from 2014-2016, and then having the enormous opportunity of working as a lab technician from 2016-2017, I have finally become a part of the graduate student research team (Winter 2018). I will be focusing on investigating the effects of temperature and disease – Bitter Crab Syndrome, caused by parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium spp. – on the genetic expression of Tanner Crabs (Chionoecetes bairdi). I am very excited to be embarking on this new chapter in my research and educational career. If you would like to know more about the project, check out my lab notebook for updates: Grace’s Lab Notebook. Or if would like to ask me any questions regarding the project or the undergraduate/graduate/lab tech experience at UW, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrunmayee Manohar Shete (2015) notebook
Katie Jackson UW SAFS (2015)
Joelle Blaise UW SAFS (2014)
Harry Podschwit; UW notebook
Manel Khan; UW notebook
Lexie Miller; UW FISH499 paper
Zac Halls; UW notebook
Amanda Davis FISH499; UW paper
Christina Miller FISH498; UW notebook
Rony Thi; UW notebook
Kevin Jeong; UW FISH499 notebook
Tatyana Marushchak; UW Chemistry project
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
Dr. Cristian Gallardo
Dr. Hollie Putnam
Jose Angel Hidalgo de la Toba – CIBNOR PhD student
New method for determining size at age in individuals to inform geoduck population models.
Timothy Green; University of Queensland
Adelaide Rhodes; Visiting Scholar