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Amy Ehrhart

Amy is a thrid-year PhD student and an Associate IGERT Fellow. She received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. At SUU, her research investigated the effects of food limitation on stinging cell production in the Glass Anemone (Aiptasia pallida). After receiving her degree, Amy spent four years working at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Salt Lake City where she developed and taught inquiry-based programs for public school students on local and marine ecosystems and human impacts on the environment. For her PhD research, Amy will focus on preserving ecosystem services in coastal areas in Oregon and Washington. She will be working collaboratively with scientists, managers and policy-makers in Washington to identify research gaps and communication barriers within these groups. Amy also plans to incorporate a lab and/or field study to investigate the effects of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) on rocky intertidal organisms residing near waste water effluent outfalls.


Zbignew Grabowski

Thesis Title: What's the dam difference? A comparative analysis of three large dam removals in the PNW using multi-reach syncronous controls and an analysis of their social, ecological and technological contexts.

Research interest: I am primarily a conservation biologist interested in the interdependencies between social, technological and environmental change. I am particularly interested in how different communities define environmental quality, especially water quality, and how those definitions reverberate throughout landscapes, policy processes and scientific practice. Through a better understanding of how science functions within decision making spheres, and how scientific research co-produces knowledge alongside other human and non-human experiences of the world, we may become more effective social change agents.


Dorothy Horn

Thesis Title: Impacts of Microplastic on near shore ecosytems

Dorothy is a California native and after serving in the United States Marine Corps she chose to pursue her love of the ocean thru studying our beach ecology systems.  She completed her B.S at Cal State University Channel Islands in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Her current research focus is on the sentinel organism we all know as the Sand crab.  She has found the existence of micro fibers and plastic particles in the diets of sand crabs and is continuing to study the range and effects of anthropogenic pollution on these organisms. Her continued work ias a PhD student in the Granek lab at Portland State will investigate the effects of microplastic in the organisms along the coast of Oregon.

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Britta Baechler

Britta grew up in the small fishing town of Homer, Alaska, where she enjoyed a great deal of time outdoors in and around the water. She began her career in fisheries as a junior in high school and continued in that vein through her undergraduate studies. Britta obtained B.A. in Biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Since then, Britta has worked as a shellfish fishery biologist and fishery manager in the remote Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands region of Alaska, as well as a Coral Reef Management Fellow and Marine Protected Area Coordinator in the U.S. territory of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Currently, Britta is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management at Portland State University. Her work in the Granek lab aims to determine concentrations of microplastics in Oregon’s Pacific razor clams and Pacific oysters from along the Oregon coast.


Kaegan Scully-Engelmeyer

Project Title: Exploring biophysical linkages between forestry practices and Oregon's freshwater and estuarine bivalves

Kaegan is a second year MEM student interested in exploring connections between forestry managment practices and aquatic life in Oregon's Coast Range. He recieved his B.A. in Environmental Studies at University of Oregon in 2009 and worked for several years in the natural resource managment on projects in Oregon ranging from wetland conservation and managment to endangered species recovery. His current work allows him to focus on landscape scale issues facing the Oregon Coast and the connection between sources of pollution and potential impacts to freshwater and estuarine aquatic communities. He is focusing his research on analyzing Western Pearlshell mussels (Margaritifera falcata) and Softshell clams (Mya arenaria) in estuaries and rivers along the coast for forestry specific chemical compounds, and comparing concentrations to ratios of land use managment/practices upstream.


Bryn Hudson

Bryn is a born and raised Portland native in the Professional Science Master of Environmental Management program. She played water polo for four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and a Minor in Educational Studies. In partnership with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bryn's research aims to assess shifting efforts,behaviors and values of fishermen in Oregon's nearshore fisheries. Her work focuses on the intersection between sociology and ecology and informs adaptive management in a way that benefits both the nearshore ecosystems and the humans that interact with it.



Casey Lewis, M.S. 2017

Thesis project: Molokai's Non-Native Mangroves: Examining Ecosystem Services, Local Perceptions, and Management Practices

Research Interest: Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) were introduced on Molokai over 100 years ago to trap eroding sediment and thereby protect coral reefs. Since then, they have overgrown native fish ponds and spread widely throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Though mangrove eradication has been proposed, eradication of invasive species is both costly and time consuming and rarely results in overall success. Therefore, the question has been raised whether the mangroves of Molokai are providing vital ecosystem services (i.e. filtering sediment and agricultural chemicals before they reach coral reefs and/or providing fish habitat).


Jaclyn Teixeira, M.S. 2016

Jaclyn was a Master of Science student who studied contaminants on the Oregon coast, and their effects on aquatic organisms, to inform the greater investigation of human impacts on ecosystem functioning. She received her B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Brown University in Providence, RI in 2011, for which her undergraduate honors thesis drew upon themes of conservation biology in a comparative study of wetland regulation in MA and RI. While at Brown she held environmental research internships studying New England salt marsh habitat quality, and invasion ecology in beach plant communities. She also has experience working as a biologist for a Navy contracting firm in the Environmental Division of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI.


Emma Prichard, B.S. 2015

Research Interest: The effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on marine organisms, including plants, algae, invertebrates, vertebrates, and mammals.


Heather Hayden, M.S. 2016

Thesis project: Factors Impacting Regeneration of and Coastal Protection by Rhizophora mangle

Research interest: Mangrove forests play a key role in near shore habitats and provide a number of ecosystem services to surrounding communities. In Belize the coastal areas are presently undergoing a significant amount of land development. Mangrove rehabilitation and restoration will become important as the coastline erodes with the reduction of coastal protection and stabilization once provided by mangrove forests. As rehabilitation and restoration of mangrove ecosystems becomes necessary, it is important to understand the limiting factors of natural regeneration. Also there is a need to develop improved methods for mangrove rehabilitation and management in areas where mangroves have been removed.


Kaity Goldsmith, MEM 2014

Thesis project: : Information Needs Assessment for Coastal and Marine Management and Policy in the Pacific Northwest

Research interest: Kaity is a second year Masters of Environmental Management candidate. She has resolved to determine how best to bring scientific knowledge into policy action. In doing so, she studies coastal ecosystem services knowledge gaps in the policy and management community in Oregon. Her research will form a framework for connecting data needs of coastal policy makers and managers with scientific research with matching interests in the near future and long-term. She hopes this will provide a methodology for effectively connecting the scientific community with policy makers and managers in other coastal states. Kaity is excited to apply her background and education to a career in coastal and marine policy creation and management implementation.


Sarah Freed, Ph.D. 2013

Dissertation project: Integrated assessment and community-based monitoring for sustainability: a case study of coral reefs of the Comoros Islands


Chris Mongeon, MEM 2012

Thesis project:An artisanal Spotted Rose Snapper fishery: contributions to a Sustainable Fishery Certification

Research interest: I analyzed the effects of the gear used in an artisanal Spotted Rose Snapper (Lutjanus guttatus) on target species size and catch rate, as well as catch rate of non-target bycatch. I also analyzed data collected from 2008-2009 by PRETOMA (Programa Restauracion de Tortugas Marinas), a Costa Rican non-governmental organization, to detect temporal and spatial patterns of the target and bycatch species. These analyses will help PRETOMA's efforts to apply for a sustainable fishery certification for the artisanal fishery of Coyote and Bejuco.


Zoe Rodriguez del Rey, MS 2010
Thesis project: Caffeine in Coastal Waters: Environmental Concentrations and Sub-lethal Effects on Marine Invertebrates


Amanda Hillman, MS 2009
Thesis project: The terrestrial-marine connection of fecal pollution: Examining land use impacts on indicator bacteria, /E. coli/ and /Enterococcus

In Memorium November 16,1977 -June 9, 2013


Choo Chee Kuang, Ph.D.
Dissertation project: Integrated estuarine reserve planning: a case study at the Pulai River Estuary, Malaysia

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