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Graduate Students

Sarah Brown
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Carol Arnosti
3105C Murray Hall | Email: sbrown21@ad.unc.edu
Research: Marine microbial ecology
Mingying Chuo
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Nathan Hall
Email: mychuo@ad.unc.edu
Research:
Caroline Cooper
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Emily Eidam
Email: ccooper272@gmail.com
Research:
Joseph Delesantro
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Diego Riveros-Iregui & Larry Band
305 Whitehead Hall | Email: jmdelesantro@gmail.com
Research: Land-use effects on watershed hydrology and solute transport, management implication for downstream water bodies, ecohydrology
Anastasia Dulskiy
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Karl Castillo
3322 Venable Hall | Email: adulskiy@unc.edu
Research: Ecophysiology of temperate corals, marine conservation
Clare Fieseler
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Karl Castillo and Jaye Cable
3105C Murray Hall | Email: cfieseler@unc.edu
Research: Coral Reef Ecology, Resilience, Adaptive Management
J. Brandon Fuller
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Dr. Alan Weakley
417 Coker Hall | Email: jbfull@unc.edu
Research: The co-evolution/community dynamics of plants and insect herbivores in restricted or disjunct ranges
Nick Funnell
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Dr. Joel Fodrie
3117W Murray | Email: nfunnell@email.unc.edu
Research: Marine community ecology, restoration, and conservation; human-environment interactions; sustainable aquaculture
Adam Gold
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Michael Piehler
Institute of Marine Sciences | Email: acgold@live.unc.edu
Research: Coastal watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, stormwater management
Shawn Griffith
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Dr. Caela O'Connell
121 Mitchell Hall | Email: sgriff25@live.unc.edu
Research: The effects of disasters on people experiencing homelessness in the United States.
Claire Johnson
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Lindsay Dubbs
Email: clairejo@live.unc.edu
Research: Nutrient cycling and nitrogen fixation by the Sargassum community in the Gulf Stream
Sandeep Kandikuppa

UNC Merit Fellow

Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Dr. Clark L. Gray, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, UNC-CH
121 Mitchell Hall | Email: ksandeep@live.unc.edu
Research: I examine the socio-political and environmental factors that exacerbate or mitigate rural household indebtedness in India. I employ analysis of large secondary datasets like NSSO and IHDS alongside qualitative methods like semi-structured interviews with farmers to understand why even seemingly modest sums of outstanding debts cause farmers distress.
Zofia Knorek

Doctoral Merit Fellow

Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Joel Fodrie and Niels Lindquist
Email: zofia@live.unc.edu
Research: Oyster reef restoration and conservation, oyster-pest population dynamics
Michael Kunz
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Alan Weakley
Email: mkunz@unc.edu
Research: Biology, ecology and phylogeography of imperiled plants, reintroduction biology and plant conservation
Gibson Robert Scott Leavitt
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Alberto Scotti
Email: gleavitt@unc.edu
Research:
Lance David Malcolm
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Scott Gifford
Email: lmalcolm@unc.edu
Research:
Stephanie McFadden
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Dr. Paul Leslie
Email: stephaniemcfadden@live.unc.edu
Research: Human-carnivore conflict mitigation, Community based conservation, wildlife conservation, East Africa
Adair McNear
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Johnny Randall
Email: mcnear@unc.edu
Research: Botany, landscape genetics, conservation ecology in manmade landscapes
Geoffrey Neal
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Alan Weakley
Coker Arboretum | Email: geoffrey@email.unc.edu
Research: Plant Ecology
Jeffrey Plumlee
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Joel Fodrie
Email: jplumlee@email.unc.edu
Research: Marine food webs, niche partitioning, and habitat and resource use of highly migratory predators
Savannah Ryburn
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Dr. John Bruno
342 Wilson Hall | Email: sryburn@live.unc.edu
Research: Coral reef ecology, trophic ecology, marine conservation
Eric Scheier
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Noah Kittner
Virtual | Email: eric.scheier@unc.edu
Research: Energy Equity, Solar Power, Energy Storage, Net Energy, Emergy, Macro Energy Systems, Environmental Commodities, Clean Technology Deployment, Climate Finance, Socio-Ecological Systems, Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment.
Yasamin Sharifi
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Antonio Rodriguez
Email: ysharifi@unc.edu
Research:
Garrett Sharpe

UNC Doctoral Merit Fellow

Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Alecia Septer and Scott Gifford
3313 Venable Hall | Email: gcs@email.unc.edu
Research: Coastal Microbial Interactions and Metabolism
Erika Shook
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Alecia Septer
Email: eshook@unc.edu
Research:
Joanna Spooner

UNC Merit Fellow

Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Alan Weakly
Email: acalliope@gmail.com
Research: Biology
Zachary Stooksbury
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Emily Eidam
Email: zstooksbury@unc.edu
Research:
Bhavyaa Tyagi
Degree Sought: | Advisor(s): Alecia Septer
Email: btyagi@unc.edu
Research:
Matthew Ungaro
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Todd BenDor
Email: mungaro@live.unc.edu
Research: Urban ecology, restoration ecology, geographic information systems, planning, stream and wetland ecology
Eric Ungberg

Master's Merit Fellow

Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Allan Weekly
Email: eungberg@live.unc.edu
Research:
Travis Wilson
Degree Sought: M.S. | Advisor(s): Alecia Septer
Email: travist@email.unc.edu
Research: Microbial Ecology
Amy Yarnall
Degree Sought: Ph.D. | Advisor(s): Joel Fodrie
121 Mitchell Hall | Email: amyhalli@live.unc.edu
Research: Fish ecology, sustainable fisheries harvest, predator-prey interactions, trophic cascades and apex predator loss