Danielle Keller

Grauduate Student

Justin Ridge

Graduate Student

Martin Benavides
Graduate Student

Shelby Ziegler
Graduate Student

Ian Kroll
Graduate Student

Danielle Keller
Graduate Student

Martin Benavides
Graduate Student

Shelby Ziegler
Graduate Student

Principle Investigator

Dr. Joel Fodrie is a Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC-CH), where he studies the population and community ecology of coastal fishes, shellfish, seagrasses, and saltmarshes. Dr. Fodrie has worked along all three major U.S. coastlines, examining: 1) linkages between coastal habitat quality and fishery production; 2) landscape ecology; 3) novel approaches for habitat restoration; 4) marine population connectivity; and 5) effects of harvest pressure and climate variability on long-term population trends of fishery species (using multi-decade data sets). Dr. Fodrie earned his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2006) and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He has contributed 90+ peer-reviewed articles and manuscripts that explore mechanisms of population variability for fishery species. These articles appear in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ecology, and Bioscience.

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Stacy Zhang
Stacy Zhang

Stacy (Ph.D.) leads an NSF-funded project examining (multi-scale)biogeographic patterns and drivers of estuarine fish diversity and species turnover. https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1926395&HistoricalAwards=false Ph.D., 2019, Duke Univ B.S., 2012, UNC-CH

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Joseph Reustle
Joseph Reustle

Joey (Ph.D.) is a UNC SPIRE Postdoctoral Scholar and marine ecologist whose research interests broadly include predator-prey interactions, community ecology, and marine parasitology. Ph.D. (Marine Biology), 2020, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (Dissertation: “Fish predators maintain estuarine biodiversity and benefit ecosystem engineers”) B.S. (Biology), 2013, UC Davis

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Chris Baillie
Chris Baillie

Chris (Ph.D.) is exploring how coastal resource management frameworks determine conservation outcomes for marine fishes and estuarine habitats. Ph.D., 2017, NEU B.S., 2010, UNC-CH

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Graduate Students

Becca Gaesser
Becca Gaesser

Becca is interested in the role of sound in the life history and ecology of fishes. Her research utilizes passive acoustic methods to address questions related to the ecology and soundscapes of temperate hardbottom habitats, including natural and artificial reefs. B.S., 2014, University of Tampa

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Jeff Plumlee
Jeff Plumlee

Jeff is interested in marine food webs. His research focuses on the role marine fishes play in energy transfer across landscapes and how they can facilitate connectivity among individual habitats. B.S., 2015, TAMU M.S., 2018, TAMU

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Zofia Knorek
Zofia Knorek

Zofia is interested in how invasive species and local pests alter community dynamics and function. Her current research concerns the boring sponges Cliona spp.'s impacts on oyster reefs, particularly in the context of restoration. M.S., 2018, University of Oregon B.A., 2015, Hendrix College

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Nick Funnell
Nick Funnell

Nick is broadly interested in natural resource conservation issues as he begins his graduate work at UNC. In 2021, he will explore the ecological consequences of oyster "relay" practices. B.A., 2017, Bowdoin College

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Tyler O'Keefe
Tyler O'Keefe

Tyler is interested in the ecological and socioecological impacts of expanding shellfish mariculture operations in North Carolina. His research will focus on oyster lease-seagrass interactions and the optimization of new lease placement to maximize ecosystem service delivery. B.A., 2018, Carleton College

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Alexis Longmire
Alexis Longmire

Alexis is interested in the landscape dynamics of spawning and nursery habitats within temperate and subtropical estuaries. B.S., 2020, University of Alabama

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Holly Doerr
Holly Doerr

Univ. Missouri, BS (2016) Moss Landing Marine Lab, MS (2021)

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Savannah Paliotti
Savannah Paliotti

North Carolina State University, BS (2021)

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Alumni

Abigail Poray, 2010-2021 (Lab Manager), Abigail participated in many research projects and also performed critical administrative tasks related to lab safety, human resources, and data management

Dr. Amy Yarnall, 2016-2021 (PhD Student), Research theme: “Community structure and dynamics in estuarine seagrass systems across habitat configurations, environmental gradients, and spatial scales”; Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher with ORISE program

Jonathan Lucas, 2018-2021 (Masters Student); “Relative importance of substrate availability, recruitment, and post-settlement processes in determining oyster restoration trajectories across an estuarine salinity gradient”; Transitioned to: Research technician/lab manager, North Carolina State University

Dr. Shelby Ziegler, 2015-2020 (PhD Student); Research theme: "Effects of marsh landscape orientation and environmental setting on the habitat use and productivity of estuarine fishes". Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher at Moss Landing Marine Lab

 

Dr. Martin Benavides, 2015-2020 (PhD Student); Research theme: "Variability in coastal shark populations across multiple spatiotemporal scales". Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher at Smithsonian

 

Owen Mulvey-Mcferron, 2017-2020 (Masters Student); "Effects of landscape-scale oyster-reef restoration on nekton in a temperate estuary". Transitioned to: North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Biologist

Dr. Jim Morley, 2017-2019 (Post-doctoral researcher); Research theme: “Ecosystem effects of shellfish mariculture”. Transitioned to: Assistant Professor at East Carolina University

 

Dr. Matthew Kenworthy, 2015-2019 (PhD Student); "Movement ecology and of large estuarine fishes"; Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher at Savannah State University 

Dr. Chris Baillie, 2018 (Post-doctoral researcher); Research theme: “Shellfish mariculture planning”. Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher at East Carolina University

 

Max Tice-Lewis, 2016-2018 (Masters Student); "Natural and anthropogenic drivers of oyster reef community dynamics"; Transitioned to: Oregon First Nations Oyster Biologist

Dr. Danielle Keller, 2013-2018 (PhD Student); "How the structure and spatial components of habitat affect estuarine communities"; Transitioned to: USACE Biologist

Dr. Justin Ridge, 2012-2017 (PhD Student; co-advised with AB Rodriguez); “Landscape connectivity influences growth and accretion in temperate biogenic reefs and adjacent saltmarshes”; Transitioned to: Post-doctoral researcher at Duke University

Dr. Ian Kroll, 2012-2017 (PhD Student); “Assessing estuarine-scale population connectivity and dynamics for the management of commercial marine fisheries”; Transitioned to: Scientist, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

 

Dr. Michelle Brodeur, 2009-2016 (Masters and PhD Student); Research theme: “Consumers mitigate effects of heat stress and nutrient enrichment on eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) communities at its southern range limit” and “Interspecific competition and predation control euhaline oyster reef distribution”. Transitioned to: Communications Lead, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve

Dr. Lauren Yeager, 2013-2014 (Post-doctoral Researcher); Research theme: “Landscape ecology of NC seagrass meadows”. Transitioned to: Assistant Professor, University of Texas

 

Sara Coleman, 2011-2014 (Masters Student); “Effects of boring sponge on oyster soft tissue, shell integrity, and predator-related mortality”; Transitioned to: staff researcher with The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island

Technicians:

Savannah Swinea (UNC-CH) 2019-2020; Transitioned to: NEU graduate student

Ellie Kremer (UNC-CH) 2020; Transitioned to: UNC-CH undergraduate

Karli Meckler (UNC-CH) 2020; Transitioned to: UNC-CH undergraduate

Marianna Miller (UNC-CH) 2018-2020; Transitioned to: NCDEQ biologist

Grace Roskar (UM & FAU) 2019-2020; Transitioned to: Knauss Fellow

Mary Conroy (RWU) 2018-2019; Transitioned to: NEFMC biologist

Jade Danford-Klein (UNC-CH) 2019; Transitioned to: UNC undergraduate student

Cori Lopazanski (UNC) 2017-2019; Transitioned to: UCSB graduate student

Andrew McMains (UWM) 2018-2019; Transitioned to: NCDMF biologist 

Eliza Schlein (UVA) 2018; Transitioned to: NEU graduate student

Rich Mahoney (UWSP) 2015-2018; Transitioned to: UCF graduate student

Lauren Clance (UNC-CH) 2017-2018; Transitioned to: DISL Graduate student

Francesca Peay (UNC-CH) 2017-2018; Transitioned to: Cape Lookout National Seashore guide

Emory Wellman (GU) 2018; Transitioned to: ECU graduate student

Owen Mulvey-McFerron (Stockton) 2017; Transitioned to: UNC graduate student

Molly Bost (UNC-CH) 2016-2017; Transitioned to: UNC graduate student

Tessa Pfeifer (UNCW) 2017; Transitioned to: CofC graduate student

Lexie Weber (UNC-CH) 2017; Transitioned to: Researcher

Julie Geyer (Cornell) 2015-2017; Transitioned to: UNC graduate student

Carson Miller (UNC-CH) 2016-2017; Transitioned to: UNC graduate student

Quin Walker (UNC-CH) 2015-2016; Transitioned to: NOAA researcher

Mariah Livernois (NEU) 2014; Transitioned to: DISL graduate student

Gray Redding (UNC-CH) 2013-2014; Transitioned to: CBL graduate student

Stacy Zhang (UNC-CH) 2013-2014; Transitioned to: Duke graduate student

Laura Alexander (UDel) 2010-2014; Transitioned to: Scientist with NC Coastal Federation

Alexia Pool (URI) 2012-2014; Transitioned to: UNCW graduate student (in education)

Chris Baillie (UNC-CH) 2010-2012; Transitioned to: NEU graduate student

Kenny Namkoong (UNC-CH) 2012; Transitioned to: NCSU graduate student (in medicine)

Erin Voigt (St. Mary’s) 2011-2012; Transitioned to: SDSU graduate student

Sara Gutekunst (U Miami) 2011; Transitioned to: Undergraduate student

Josh Hancock (UNC-CH) 2011; Transitioned to: UNC graduate student (in accounting)

Sam Fuller (NCSU) 2010-2011; Transitioned to: United States Coast Guard Rescue Diver

Xan Chandler (UNC-W) 2010; Transitioned to: Undergraduate student

Olivia Rhoades (Brown) 2009-2010; Transitioned to: UC-Davis graduate student

NSF REUs:

Rachel Bouchillon, 2012 (UF)

Riley Brady, 2013 (USC)

Taylor Burns, 2014 (LUNO)

 

UNC-CH Undergraduate Independent Research (IE Field Site):

Ruslan Grigoriev, 2009

Allison Davis, 2010

Kelsey Ellis, 2011

Parker Ellis, 2012

Madelyn Roycroft, 2013

Danielle Doucett, 2014

Matthew Dwinell, 2014

Kayla Pehl, 2015

Marianna Miller, 2016

Lexie Weber, 2016

Lily Olmo, 2017

Connor Albretch, 2017

Savannah Swinea, 2018

EmmaLi Tsai, 2018

Rachael Rankin, 2019

Ellie Kremer, 2020

Karli Meckler, 2020