Biology & Marine Biology

Fall 2021 Cohort

Current Students

Doctoral Students

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Troy Alphin
Ph.d in Marine Biology
E-mail: alphint@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology
Graduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S., Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Cahoon

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Ed Arb
Ph.D in Marine Biology

Email: eka9644@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Graduate Institution:UNC Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey

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Ph.D in Integrative, Comparative & Marine Biology
Email: jlc7022@uncw.edu  
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology & Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey
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Ph.D in Marine Biology
Email: pkc2037@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado - Boulder
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Ecology & Evolutionary Bio
Graduate Institution: University of Miami
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Mammal Science
Advisor: Dr. Patrick Erwin
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Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology
Email: atc5878@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Salve Regina University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S.  Biology
Transitioned to Ph.D from M.S. in Biology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Tift
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Michael Fernandes de Almieda
Ph.D in Marine Biology
Email: mf5519@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: School of Physical Education of Cruzeiro
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Physical Education
Graduate Institution: University of Sao Paulo
Graduate Degree: M.S. Experimental Physiology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Kinsey

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Eden Garcia
Ph.D in Marine Biology
E-mail: erg8051@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University College of Belize
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology Education
Graduate Institution: East Carolina University
Graduate Degree: M.S., Environmental Biology
Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey

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Amy Grogan
Ph.D in Marine Biology

E-mail: aeg7670@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Graduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Science 
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Cahoon

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LeRoy Humphries
Ph.D in Marine Biology
E-mail: lfh4569@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Coastal Carolina University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Science with minors in Biology and Environmental Science
Graduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Graduate Degree: M.S., Comparative Biomedical Science with minors in Agriculture and LIfe Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Cahoon

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Jacob Kazenelson
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology

E-mail: jak7937@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Transitioned to Ph.D program from M.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Art Frampton

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Tiffany Keenan-Bateman
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology

E-mail: batemankt@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology
Graduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S., Biology
Advisor: Dr. D. Ann Pabst

MLindquistF18.jpg Marae Lindquist
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology
E-mail: mcl6280@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Appalachian State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Transitioned to Ph.D from M.S. in Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ray Danner
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Madison Lytle
Ph.D in Marine Biology
E-Mail: mal6582@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology, Cum Laude
Graduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Jessie Jarvis

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Erin Meyer
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology
E-mail: emm5468@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology (Departmental Honors), with a minor in Asian Studies
Transitioned to Ph.D. 
Advisor: Dr. Alison Taylor

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Ph.D in Integrative, Comparative, & Marine Biology
Email: lfn1671@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Bucknell University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Neuroscience
Advisor: Dr. Lorian Scweikert

 

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Julie Neurohr
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology

E-mail: jmn6284@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Daemen College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology with a minor in Chemistry
Graduate Institution: Florida Gulf Coast University
Graduate Degree: M.S., Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Stephen Kinsey

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Lauren Olinger
Ph.D in Marine Biology

Email: lko5561@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology & Marine Biology
Graduate Institution:University of the Virgin Islands - St. Thomas
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine & Environemental Science
Advisor:Dr. Joseph Pawlik

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Emily Peele
Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology

E-mail:  eep5093@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Transitioned to Ph.D.
Advisor: Dr. Kara Yopak

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Mariko Polk
Ph.D in Marine Biology

Email:map7186@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: California State University - Bakersfield
Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Environmental Resource Management
Graduate Institution:UNC Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S. Environmental Science.
Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey

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Aaron Ramus
Ph.D in Marine Biology

E-mail: apr2993@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology with minors in Marine Science and Chemistry
Graduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S., Marine Biology

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Ph.D in Integrative, Comparative, & Marine Biology
Email: car8305@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College
Undergraduate Degree: B.A. Biology & Philosophy
Advisor: Dr. Ken Halanych
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Ph.D in Marine Biology

E-mail: jr2401@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology
Graduate Institution: Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas
Graduate Degree: M.S., Management of Marine Resources
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Williard
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Christina Salerno
Ph.D in Marine Biology

E-mail: cms8486@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Transitioned to Ph.D 
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Kamel

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Ph.D in Marine Biology
Email: mes5874@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Univeristy of Akron
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology & Biochemistry
Graduate Institution:University of Alaska Fairbanks
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Emslie
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Peyton Thomas
Ph.D in Marine Biology
Email: pat3805@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Environmental Science
Graduate Institution:UNC Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Steve Kinsey

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Ph.D in Marine Biology

E-mail: toothmanb@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology/Environmental Science
Graduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S., Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence Cahoon
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Anna Zarn
Ph.D in Marine Biology
E-mail: amz4211@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Wheaton College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology
Graduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Graduate Degree: M.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Steven Emslie

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Ph.D in Integrated, Comparative, & Marine Biology
Email: jdz4405@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ray Danner

Master's in Marine Biology Students

Marine Biology Grad Students
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Justin Bashaw
E-mail: jpb7680@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Covi

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Email: rmb1547@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Jake Warner
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Alexandra Best
Email: ajb1411@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Marist College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ray Danner

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Email: cb1216@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland Baltimore County
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ami Wilbur
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Email: jjc9784@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of Vermont
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Biology
Advisor: Dr. Heather Koopman
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Email: mgc6521@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Biology
Advisor: Dr. Fred Scharf
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Email: bcc6019@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Southern Illinois University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Zoology
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Fogarty
Cox_Madison.jpg Madison Cox
Email: mbc5962@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology & Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Alison Taylor
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Roxanne Cuthbertson 
Email: rdc3329@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of California - Santa Cruz
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Kamel
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Email: gne8646@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Griffith University
Undergraduate Degree:B.S. Marine Biology & Wildlife Biology
Advisor: Dr. Martin Posey
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Email:rpf7885@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: 
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Advisor: Dr. Julia Buck
LGDazaF18.jpg Laüra Gaitan Daza
E-mail: lg6798@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Roger Williams University
Undergraduate Degree: BS Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Pawlik

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Email: eeg2166@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: West Chester University of PA
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ray Danner
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Email: lmh9530@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Alan Hancock College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Zoology
Advisor: Dr. Joseph Covi
Jeanes_Reanna.jpg Reanna Jeanes
Email: rcj3705@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Clemson University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biological Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Fogarty
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Email: msl5552@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Fred Scharf
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Melissa Lenentine
E-mail: mnl7198@uncw.edu  
Undergraduate Institution: NC State
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biological Science
Advisor: Dr. Aswani Volety

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Alice Manley
E-mail: amm4729@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Kamel

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Email: kmm1457@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Tift
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Samantha Morrison
Email: skm4134@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Eckerd College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Science
Co-Advisors: Dr. Patrick Erwin & Dr. Susanna Lopez-Legentil
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Claire Pelletier
Email: cbp7192@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: NC State
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Fred Scharf
Pierre_Jasmine.jpg Jasmine Pierre
Email: jp6562@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology & Oceanography
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Williard
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Email: mr5209@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Emslie

 

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John Roberts
E-mail: jpr7418@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: Florida Gulf Coast University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S, Biology with a concentration in Microbiology z
Co-Advisors: Dr. Heather Koopman & Dr. Ai Ning Loh

Salguero_Jax.jpg Jax Salguero
Email: jms2879@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Univ. Of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Julia Buck
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Email: sas4213@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Univ. of Tampa
Undergraduate Degree: B.S.Marine Biology - Biology
Advisor: Dr. Jacob Warner
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Email: cos1963@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Kentucky Weslyan College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Zoology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Kinsey
Stevenson_Lindsey.jpg Lindsey Stevenson
Email: stevensonl@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: St. Mary's College of Maryland
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology/Environmental Studies
Advisor: Dr. Jessie Jarvis
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Mina Surprenant
Email: mss5697@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Univ. of South Carolina - Colombia
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Science
Co-Advisors: Dr. Jessie Jarvis & Dr. Susanna Lopez-Legentil
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Email: kes5900@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Steve Emslie
Thomas_Skye.jpg Skye Thomas
Email: sdt2007@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: VA Poly institute & State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Fisheries Conversation
Advisor: Dr. Ami Wilbur
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Email: vat3962@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Univ. of California - Santa Barbara
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Julia Buck
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Email: mkw8944@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Vassar College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Blake Ushijima
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E-mail: bmw1382@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of Maine
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Ami Wilbur
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Email: tnj1226@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: NC State
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Larry Cahoon

 

Master's in Biology Students

Biology Grad Students
NAkersS17.jpg Nate Akers
E-Mail:  nta9644@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Brian Arbogast
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Jenny Black
Email: jbb8031@uncw.edu  
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Art Frampton

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Amanda Busch
E-mail:  alb6754@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Environmental Science
Advisor: Dr. Zac Long

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Amanda Chapman
E-Mail:  anc4394@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Biology
Advisor: Dr. Darin Penneys

photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Yesmarie De La Flor
Email: ytd5693@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Indian River State College
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Blake Ushijima
deSouzaG.jpg Gabriella de Souza
Email: gad7959@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S.Biology
Advisor: Dr. Zac Long
Gianelos,-Elisabeth.jpg Elizabeth Gianelos
Email: ehg6037@uncw.edu  
Undergraduate Institution: James Madison University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Darin Penneys
MHughes.jpg Moira Hughes
E-mail: mch6435@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Pierre Le Pabic
Jackson_Olivia.jpg Olivia Jackson
Email: onj4416@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Florida State University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Tift
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Gordon Leary
Email: sgl4259@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Pierre Le Pabic
photo-not-available-200X200.jpg Nicholas Majkut
Email: nam8950@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology & Psychology
Advisor: Dr. Jacob Warner
Olimpos_Shiella.jpg Shiella Olimpos
Email: sbo4277@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of the Philipines
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Darin Penneys
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Erin Papke
Email: egp6313@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: University of Delaware
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Science
Advisor: Dr. Blake Ushijima

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Email: abp8459@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Degree: BS Biology
Advisor: Dr. Michael Tift
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E-mail: cp9437@uncw.edu
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Pierre Le Pabic
RoachJ.jpg Jessica Roach
Email: jlr7351@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Darin Penneys
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Email: aos4927@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: UNC Wilmington
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Marine Biology
Advisor: Dr. Ray Danner
Ward_Russell.jpg Russell Ward
Email: rhw6057@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: West Virginia University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Biology
Advisor: Dr. Kara Yopak
Wilson_Brett.jpg Brett Wilson
Email: bmw3952@uncw.edu 
Undergraduate Institution: Lenoir-Rhyne University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Environmental Biology 
Advisor: Dr. Amanda Williard