Benthic Ecology Laboratory

Research Personnel

Primary Investigators:

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Dr. Martin Posey

Director of the Center for Marine Science & Professor

Ph.D. Biology, University of Oregon

B.A. Zoology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with highest honors

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Troy Alphin

Senior Research Associate

Ph.D. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (In progress)
M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Research Technicians:

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Anne Markwith

Lab Manager

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2010
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2006

 

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B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019

M.A Criminal Justice, State University of New York Albany, 2014

B.A. Sociology, Double Minor Criminal Justice & Spanish, State University of New York Albany, 2013

Projects: "Ecology of Fear" An exploration of Risk Allocation Hypothesis, which predicts that a forager will adapt and change its behavior when in the presence of a predator.

“Living Shoreline” Working with St. James Plantation, our lab helps to construct oyster reefs along a stretch of shoreline that has experienced heavy erosion, along with planting new marsh grass in order to rebuild a thriving ecosystem. 

Graduate Students:

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Edward Arb

Ph.D Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, In Progress

 

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Madison Lytle

M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019
B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington

 

Alexis Marti

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2019
B.S. Marine Biology, French Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Project Description: Utilizing historical data on the benthic infauna of the Cape Fear River to determine trends for future environmental management

Interests: Environmental management, Coastal Conservation, Ecological Modeling


        
     

Hannah Thurlow

M.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2020

B.S. Marine Biology, Statistics Minor, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018

Project Description: Exploring how nekon utilization of aquaculture structures vaires with proximity to natural habitats

Interests: Marine Conservation, Fisheries

John Brittain

M.S. Marine Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2021

B.S. Marine Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018

Project Description: Studying site fidelity and site homing in a common marsh resident mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus). Working in collaboration with NOAA to examine nekton community assemblage in the Cape Fear River estuary, and Poplar Island Restoration Project.

Interests: Salt Marsh and Estuarine Ecology, Coastal Conservation, Community Ecology

Jessica Carlton

MCRT Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2020

B.S. Marine Biology-Marine Conservation and Environmental Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018

Project Description: Studying the effects of new oyster aquaculture by monitoring changes in sediment chemistry and oyser spat recruitment in and around oyster farms and natural habitats

Interests: Salt Marsh and Estuarine Ecology, Nitrogen Cycling, Coastal Conservation

Megan Lapinsky

MCRT Geographic Information Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2020

B.S. Marine Biology and Environmental Science, Waynesburg University 2018

Alli Lapinsky

M.S. Environmental Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected 2021

B.S. Marine Biology and Environmental Science, Waynesburg University 2018

Undergraduate Students:

Mackenzie Laney

B.S. Marine Biology, Minor in Chemistry, University of North Carolina Wilmingon, Expected 2021

Project Description: Involved in the UNCW DMF Partnership dealing with early life history of targeted recreational fishes

Interests: Coastal Conservation, Fisheries, Environmental Chemistry

Jordan Brookshire

B.S. Environmental Science - Conservation, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Expected December 2019

Project Description: Involved in the UNCW DMF Partnership dealing with early life history of targeted recreational fishes

Interests: Fish & Wildlife Management, Coastal Conservation



List of Previous Research Team Members