Past lab members

Past visiting scholars
(In reverse chronological order)

 
Yihui Zhang.  Yihui is on the faculty of Xiamen University in China.  He visited our laboratory for a year in 2009-2010, and helped us begin a research program on mangrove ecology. Yihui has a great paper on mangrove ecology that was published in Ecology.
Past postdocs
(In reverse chronological order)
 
Laurie Marczak, PhD from UBC in 2007. Laurie worked in my lab from 2008 to 2010 on latitudinal gradients in bottom-up versus top-down control of salt marsh food webs. She then took a faculty position in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana. In 2013 she took a position as a Senior Ecologist with R2 Resource Consultants in Redmond WA. Her postdoc work has been published in Ecology and Journal of Ecology.
Past graduate students
(In reverse chronological order)
 
Hongyu Guo, PhD, 2011.  Hongyu (shown in the field in Georgia) worked on plant community structure at the GCE-LTER site in Georgia.  Manuscripts from his dissertation have been published in Ecology, Oikos and Oecologia.  He is currently working in our laboratory as a postdoc, looking at mechanisms and consequences of mangrove invasion of the Texas coast.
Brittany McCall, MS, 2011.  Brittany (show operating suction sampler in the field with Brittany DeLong) worked on geographic variation in salt marsh arthropod communities (published in Oecologia), and on the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on saltmarsh arthropods (published in PLoS ONE).  Brittany is currently working for the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.
Emily Marquardt, PhD, 2009.  Emily (show in the field with Chuan-Kai) worked on parasitic plants in TX marshes.  Her PhD work was published in Oecologia and Plant Ecology.  She now resides in Seattle.
Alana Lynes, MS, 2008.  Alana won the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2008, taught introductory biology as a lecturer at the University of Houston, and worked as a consultant in Houston. She is now working as an Environmental Planner for Tera Environmental Consultants in Calgary, Canada.
Juan Jimenez, PhD, 2008.  Juan joined my lab mid-way through his PhD career, switching from coral reef work to salt marshes. A paper from Juan's PhD work was published in Estuaries and Coasts. Juan is working as a consultant in Houston.  
Chuan-Kai Ho, PhD, 2008.  Chuan-Kai did a postdoc with Anna Armitage at Texas A&M Galveston, and now has a faculty position in Taiwan. His PhD work on salt marsh food webs was published in Ecology, Oecologia, the American Naturalist, and PLoS One.
Lisa Iwahara, MS, 2006.  Lisa moved to Washington D.C. on the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship to work for Congressman Wayne Gilchrest. She transitioned to NOAA to nationally coordinate agency-wide collaboration efforts in NOAA's regions, and is currently working as a policy analyst for NOAA's educational programs.

www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/

www.education.noaa.gov/

Amy Kunza, MS, 2006.  Amy's MS work was published in Estuaries and Coasts. She worked as an environmental scientist in Houston for a number of years, then moved to Charleston SC where she is a Senior Environmental Scientist at URS Corporation. Her consulting experience includes National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance reviews, Wetlands Delineations, and USACE Clean Water Act (CWA) Permitting for housing, infrastructure, and pipeline development.
Cristiano Salgado, MS, 2004.   Cristiano's MS work was published in Ecology. He is currently working in Brazil as an environmental analyst.

 

Caroline McFarlin, MS, 2004.  Caroline's MS work was published in Estuaries and Coasts.  She recently received a Ph.D. from the University of GA. The photo shows her sampling invertebrates with Dale Bishop and Cristiano Salgado as part of the GCE monitoring program.

 

 

 

Erin Siska, MS (FIT), 1998.  Erinís MS work was done in my lab. Her official advisor at FIT was Dennis Hanisak.  Erin went on to work as a technician and then to teach high school science in Canada. Her MS work was published in Ecology.

 

Past technicians
(in alphabetical order)

 

 
Tracy Buck.  Tracy went on to take a technical position at the North Inlet National Estuarine Research Reserve.

 

Darrin Moore.  Darrin is currently is employed as a Chemist for the Texas Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Residue laboratory, in College Station.

 

Ben Nomann.  Ben went on to the Ph.D. program at Florida State University.

 

 
Kurt Reinhart.  Kurt went on to get a Ph.D. at the University of Montana, did a postdoc at Indiana University, and took a Research Ecologist position with the USDA-ARS in Montana.  Check out his educational web site at www.iecology.net.

 

Past Undergraduates
(in alphabetical order, list is incomplete)

 

 
Jennifer Blake-Mahmud.  Jennifer assisted with fall LTER monitoring on Sapelo, processed samples in the lab, and worked with Chelse Prather on plant and insect diversity at the Coastal Center. She is currently a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolution Program at Rutgers.
Greg Breed.  Greg earned an MS degree at Texas A&M and a Ph.D. at Dalhousie University (2009). He's now at the University of Alberta.

 

 
Sarah Corbett.  Sarah got an MS degree at the University of Florida, worked for the FL EPA, and is now working as a Regional Botanist for the National Park Service (her area of responsibility is coastal NC, SC, GA and FL). The photograph shows her working in Congaree National Park.

 

Nilam Dave.  Nilam went on to graduate school in nutrition. She's currently in Tuscaloosa, teaching as an instructor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Alabama.

 

JR Flanders.  JR went on to a Ph.D. program at UC Santa Cruz, and is currently working for United Research Services in Oakland CA.

 

Nadia Deeb.  Nadia got an MPH in Global Health at USF. She's currently working with the family business in Houston.

 

Carol Goranson.  Carol earned an MS at the University of Georgia, worked as a technician on the Boston Area Climate Experiment in MA, and is currently working for NEON in MA.

 

Mary-Bestor Grant.  Mary-Bestor went into social work in Alabama and Georgia.  She has worked with non-profit medical initiatives to help the uninsured, and in 2012 spent 6 months working with physically and mentally disabled children in Cambodia.

 

 
Liza Johnson.  Liza earned an MS degree at the College of Charleston, and worked for the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, the US Coral Reef Task Force Secretariat, and the Department of the Interior (Ocean Policy Analyst) in Washington DC.

 

Audra Luscher.  Audra went on to an MS program at UNC Wilmington.

 

 
Christina Richards.  Christina (on left, with Tracy Buck) earned a Ph.D. at UGA, did postdocs at SUNY-Stony Brook and NYU, and in 2009 joined the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida.  ww.ecologicalepigenetics.com
Juliet Simpson.  Julie got a Ph.D. at UCSB and did a postdoc at Brown University. She is working at MIT as an ecologist for Sea Grant. And teaching ecology to undergraduate art students at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Elizabeth Wason.  Liz's undergraduate thesis was published in Estuaries and Coasts.  She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. Check out her web site www.lizwason.wordpress.com. Liz is now in Ann Arbor writing about science for a magazine published at the University of Michigan.

 

Margee Will.  Margee is working on a PhD at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.  
Pennings lab luncheon 2010.
 

Pennings lab party 2006.

GCE-LTER field crew on sawdust pile at old saw mill, Sapelo Island, 2005 or 2006.
Please contact me if you're not listed (probably because I don't know where you are now, and I'd love to hear from you) or if your information needs updating.  Send me a photograph of yourself if I don't have one posted or if you want to update the one I'm using.

Updated 1/2014