Heather Leslie, Professor, UMaine School of Marine Sciences

Phoebe Jekielek, PhD Candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Emma Polhemus, 2023 Summer Research Intern

Jessica Reilly-Moman, Affiliated Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sarah Risley, PhD Candidate in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Jennifer Smith-Mayo, PhD Candidate in Communications & Journalism


Lab Alums

High School, Undergraduate & Post Bac Researchers

Jenny Adler

Ben Apple

Hank Baker

Joey Bernhardt, currently a postdoc at Yale University

Bridgette Black

Harriet Booth

Caitlin Brisson

Melissa Britsch

Brendyn Brooks-Stocking

Samuel Burgess, 2021 Summer Research Intern

Laura Chartier

Nathaniel Chu, 2013 Fulbright Scholar

Karen Cortes

Currie Dugas

Audrey Hufnagel, Research Assistant from Lincoln Academy (Summer 2022)

Morgan Ivens-Duran

Emily Lamb, 2012 Fulbright Scholar

Annapurna Leung, 2022-2023 Capstone Student

Jenna Lyons, Capstone Student

Bradlyn McEttrick, 2021 Capstone in Marine Sciences

Brendan Mirra, Research Assistant from Wake Forest University (Summer 2022)

Jakob O’Neal, Research Assistant from Southern Maine Community College (Summer 2022)

Megan Palmer

Amelia Papi, 2021 Summer Research Intern

Kaitlyn Raffier, 2018 Summer Undergraduate Intern, now a Natural Resource Specialist for the State of Alaska

Lee Richter

Carolina Rolfe, 2021 Summer Research Intern

Kristen Sebasky

Katherine Siegel

Will Spaller, 2022-2023 Capstone Student

Darius Stanton, Leadership Alliance Fellow from Claflin University, Class of 2014

Cassandra Strauch, Summer 2019 Undergraduate Researcher

Sara Swett, 2021-22 Capstone in Marine Sciences

Eric Van Arsdale

Allison Wentz

Kara Woo

Madeline Williams, Undergraduate Student in Marine Sciences

Jessica Woodall, Summer 2019 Undergraduate Researcher

Matt Yost, 2022-2023 Capstone Student

Masters and Post Masters Researchers

Melissa Britsch, UMaine, dual M.S. degrees in Marine Biology & Marine Policy, 2021, now a Senior Planner with Maine DMR’s Coastal Program

Marcy Cockrell, Research Technician, now an aquaculture oriented scientist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Marina Cucuzza, UMaine, dual M.S. degrees in Marine Biology & Marine Policy, 2020, now with USGS

Tara Gancos, Brown M.A., 2010

Sarah Doudera, Professional Science Masters in Marine Sciences, 2022

Nick Gredin, dual Masters in Business Administration and Information Systems, UMaine 2022

Joelle Kilchenmann, now a PhD Student in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Courtney Mattison, Brown, M.A., 2011, now an independent artist

Lauren Watka, Brown, M.A., 2012


Sarah Crosby (PhD, Brown University 2015), now Director of Harbor Watch, Earthplace

Kara Pellowe (PhD, University of Maine 2019), now Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden

Jessica Reilly-Moman (PhD, University of Maine 2021), now Affiliated Research Associate, Aspen Global Change Institute


Keryn Gedan, now Associate Professor, The George Washington University

Kaitlyn Haynal, now faculty at Randolf-Macon College

Kara Pellowe, now a researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden

Leila Sievanen, Program Officer, University of California Office of the President

Sheila Walsh Reddy, Senior Director of Conservation Impact, The Nature Conservancy