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Postdoc and Graduate Students


Postdoctoral Researchers

Helen Olmi

Dr. Helen Olmi-Graham

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Zachary Darnell/ Marine Invertebrate Lab

Research: Migratory movements and fishing mortality of blue crabs, autotomy and limb regeneration in fiddler crabs
Degree: Ph.D.

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Helen.OlmiFREEMississippi

Dr. Taylor Shropshire

Dr. Taylor Shropshire  

Postdoctoral Research Associate  

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Frank Hernandez

Research: (Fisheries Oceanography). The focus of my research involves looking at how we can use three-dimensional numerical ocean models and large-scale oceanographic data 

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Taylor.ShropshireFREEMississippi


Research Associates

John D. Caldwell

Research Associate

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Patrick Biber

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Jd.CaldwellFREEMississippi

Rachel Mosley

Rachel Moseley 

Research Associate

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Leila Hamdan/Marine Microbial Ecology hamdanlab.com

Research: Marine Microbial Ecology of Deep Sea and Coastal Ecosystems 

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Rachel.MoseleyFREEMississippi

Sara Pace

Sara Pace

Research Associate

Faculty/Lab Research

Powell Lab

Research: Shellfish Biology

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Sara.PaceFREEMississippi

Kathy Vanderkooy

Katherine E. VanderKooy

Research Associate

Faculty/Lab Research

Benthic Ecology

Research: Oyster Reef Restoration and Monitoring

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Kathy.VanderkooyFREEMississippi


Graduate Students

Adam Daw

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Reginald Blaylock/Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: The development of a model(s) to predict copepod production trends in aquaculture, and larviculture methods

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Adam.DawFREEMississippi

Pavel Dimens

Pavel Dimens

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Salliant

Research: Population structure and sympatric speciation of migratory marine species

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Pavel.DimensFREEMississippi

Patrick Graham

Patrick Graham

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Robert Leaf

Research: Broadly interested in life history characteristics, population dynamics, and stock delineation methods of coasta and estuarine finfish

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Patrick.M.GrahamFREEMississippi

Kathleen Hemeon

Kathleen Hemeon

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Molluscan population dynamics and ageing techniques of long-lived bivalve species, to inform fisheries management and conservation

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Kathleen.HemeonFREEMississippi

Tami Hidal

Tami Hildahl

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: Population genetics

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Tami.HildahlFREEMississippi

Zack lane

Zachary Lane

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Zack Darnell

Research: Fine scale drivers of invertebrate behavior, data analyses, and experimental design

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Zachary.LaneFREEMississippi

Alyssa Leclaire

Alyssa LeClaire

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Using modeling to determine how the construction of offshore wind turbines affect the Atlantic Surfclam fishery

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Alyssa.LeClaireFREEMississippi

Sara Marriot

Sara Marriott

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kim de Mutsert

Research: Fisheries management, ecology, science policy

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Sara.MarriottFREEMississippi

Emily Melvin

Emily Melvin

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Leslie Acton

Research: Ocean governance and human environment relationships

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Emily.MelvinFREEMississippi

Rachel Muggee

Rachel Mugge

Ph. D. 

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Leila Hamdan

Research: The expanding marine built environment and biofilm formation processes

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Rachel.MuggeFREEMississippi

Caitlin Slife

Caitlin Slife

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kevin Dillon

Research: Coastal and marine ecology and biogeochemistry

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Caitlin.SlifeFREEMississippi

Laura Solinger

Laura Solinger

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Using management strategy evaluation quotas on Summer Flounder and Atlantic Surfelam

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Laura.SolingerFREEMississippi

Geoffrey Spooner

Geoffry Spooner

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Chet Rakocinski

Research: Estuary Ecology

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Geoffry.SpoonerFREEMississippi

Jason Tilley

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Wei Wu

Research: Biophysical factors affecting habitat suitability for oysters

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Jason.TilleyFREEMississippi

Isabel Townsend

Isabelle Townsend

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Leila Hamdan

Research: Investigating the microbial ecology of a recirculating Eastern Oyster hatchery production system

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Isabelle.TownsendFREEMississippi

Maggie Bell Waldron

Maggie Bell Waldron

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Patrick Bibe

Research: Coastal marsh biogeography

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Margaret.C.BellFREEMississippi

Talene Yeghissian

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Zack Darnell

Research: Crab physiology and ecology

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Talene.YeghissianFREEMississippi

Glenn Zapfe

Glenn Zapfe

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Frank Hernandez

Research: Relationship between environmental variability and ichthyoplankton dynamics

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Glenn.ZapfeFREEMississippi

Nicholas Adams

Nicholas Adams

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: Marine aquaculture, fisheries stock enhancement and aquaponics

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N.AdamsFREEMississippi

Matthew Byrnes

Matthew Byrnes

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kelly Darnell

Research: Marine fisheries modeling and ecology

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Matthew.ByrnesFREEMississippi

Austin Draper

Austin Draper

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Michael Andres

Research: Multispecies movements around created oyster reef and natural habitats  

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Austin.DraperFREEMississippi

Kodi Feldpausch

M.S

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Wei Wu

Research: Marine Conservation

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Kodi.FeldpauschFREEMississippi

Robert Gonzales

Robert Gonzales

M.S

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Reginald Blaylock/Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: Aquaculture

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R.GonzalesFREEMississippi

Elizabeth Greenheck

Elizabeth Greenheck

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Michael Andres

Research: Movement and habitat use of Gulf Sturgeon

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Elizabeth.GreenheckFREEMississippi

April Hugi

April Hugi

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Frank Hernandez

Research: Fisheries, oceanography, and ecology

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April.HugiFREEMississippi

David Jen

Devin Jen

M.S

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Wei Wu

Research: Wetland ecology

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Devin.JenFREEMississippi

Heather King

Heather King

M.S

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: Aquaculture genetics

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Heather.KingFREEMississippi

James Klein

James Klein

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Experimental oyster leases as a platform for demonstrating effective restoration strategies

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James.KleinFREEMississippi

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Saillant

Research: Aquaculture genetics and the heritability of traits

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Paul.McDonaldFREEMississippi

Anna Millender

Anna Millender

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Frank Hernandez

Research: Life history characteristics of highly migratory species

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Anna.MillenderFREEMississippi

Adam Murray

Adam Murray

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kim de Mutsert

Research: Conducting lab studies to better understand effects of stressors on fish and shellfish in the Mississippi Sound to resolve critical ecosystem model parameters

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Adam.MurrayFREEMississippi

Glenn Schumacher

Glenn Schumacher

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kevin Dillon/Dr. Michael Andres

Research: Fisheries Ecology

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Glenn.SchumacherFREEMississippi

Jillian Sower

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Population dynamics of ocean quahogs

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Jillian.SowerFREEMississippi

Gabrielle Spellmann

Gabrielle Spellman

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Patrick Biber

Research: Restoration

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Gabrielle.SpellmannFREEMississippi

Stephanie- Stromp

Stephanie Stromp

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Eric Powell

Research: Effects of wind energy development on shellfish populations

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Stephanie.StrompFREEMississippi

Daniel Taylor

Daniel Taylor

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Patrick Biber

Research: Botany

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Daniel.R.TaylorFREEMississippi

Catherine Wilhelm

Catherine Wilhelm

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Robert Leaf

Research: Quantitative fisheries

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Catherine.WilhelmFREEMississippi

Camila Witherspoon

Bella Witherspoon

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Leslie Acton

Research: Coastal governance and cultural resilience to environmental disaster

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Camilla.WitherspoonFREEMississippi

Jessica Woodland

Jessica Woodall

M.S.

Faculty/Lab Research

Dr. Kelly Darnell

Research: Marine invertebrate ecology and marine conservation

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Jessica.WoodallFREEMississippi


Graduate Students

Agno Assis

Agno Rubim de Assis

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Leonardo Macelloni/ Deep Ocean Exploration Lab

Research: Autonomous underwater and surface vehicles for hydrographic surveys

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Agno.AssisFREEMississippi

Kandice Gunning

Kandice Gunning

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Anand Hiroji

Research: Extraction of Angular Response Curves for Oyster Reefs in Pass Christian Mississippi Using an Interferometric Bathymetric Sonar (Edgetech 4600)

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Kandice.GunningFREEMississippi

Mdzubayer Ahmed

Md Zubayer Ahmed

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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MdZubayer.AhmedFREEMississippi

Akeem Ademola Bakare

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden

Research: Practical hydrography

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Akeem.BakareFREEMississippi

Kevin Bounds

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Anand Hiroji

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Kevin.BoundsFREEMississippi

Marlon Estropia

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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Marlon.EstropiaFREEMississippi

John Gray

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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JohnGrayFREEMississippi

Cassandra Hankins

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden

Research: Building an organized and standardized survey database and portal for the university surveys based on open-source

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Cassandra.HankinsFREEMississippi

Peter Komolafe

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Anand Hiroji

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Peter.KomolafeFREEMississippi

Nuttachai Luangaram

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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Nuttachai.LuangaramFREEMississippi

Allan Noveno

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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Allan.NovenoFREEMississippi

Olalekan Odunaike

Olalekan Odunaike

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden

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Olalekan.OdunaikeFREEMississippi

Olauluwa Oderinde

Olaoluwa Oderinde

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Anand Hiroji

Research: Building a Geodatabase and a Structure for storing Hydrographic data collected in the field by the department of Hydrography for effective and efficient Data Management. Multispectral Backscatter Mapping and Monitoring of Gulf Oyster Habitat Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico

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Olaoluwa.OderindeFREEMississippi

Ema Parker

Ema Linnea Parker

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Leonardo Macelloni  

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Ema.ParkerFREEMississippi

Shawn Passeri

Shawn Passeri

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Leonardo Macelloni

Research: Multibeam echosounder bathymetry

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Shawn.PasseriFREEMississippi

Evan E. Rohde

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Anand Hiroji

Research: Vessel Coordinate Offset Calculations via Lidar

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Evan.RohdeFREEMississippi

Hiram Torres‐Suris

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden

Research: Vessel Coordinate Offset Calculations via Lidar

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Hiram.TorresSurisFREEMississippi

Joseph Yott

M.S

Faculty/Lab

Alberto Costa Neves

Research: One-year track

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Joseph.YottFREEMississippi

 


Postdoctoral Researchers

Licas Barbedo

Dr. Lucas Barbedo

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang/Marine Optics Lab

Research: Autonomous optical observation and its application in remote sensing of ocean color and water quality.
Degree: Ph.D in Oceanography from University of Quebec at Rimouski

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Lucas.BarbedoFREEMississippi

Sandkeep Kuttam

Dr. Sandeep Kuttan

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert

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Sandeep.KalathupurathKuttanFREEMississippi

Miguel Solano

Dr. Miguel Solano

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Maarten Buijsman/Department of Marine Science

Research: Internal tide and nonlinear wave energetics in the global Hybrid Coordinate Model (HYCOM)

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Miguel.SolanoFREEMississippi

Keshav Raja

Keshav Raja

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Maarten Buijsman/Physical Oceanography lab

Research: Studying wind-generated Near-Inertial Waves in global HYCOM simulations
Degree: Ph.D. - Université Grenoble Alpes (2018)

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Keshav.RajaFREEMississippi


Research Associates

Brandy Armstrong

Brandy Armstrong 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert

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Brandy.ArmstrongFREEMississippi

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert 

Senior Research Associate

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Alan Shiller/Center for Trace Analysis

Research: Trace element analysis; support of ICP-MS operations; training and assisting students with field work and sample analysis

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Melissa.GilbertFREEMississippi


Graduate Students

Azadeh Razavi Arab

Azadeh Razavi Arab

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Diana Bernstein

Research: Wind Field Evaluation over the Gulf of Mexico, Wave Simulation, Coastal, and Estuarine Modeling, Field Measurements and Data Analysis, Coastal Morphodynamics and Shoreline Changes

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azadeh.razaviarabFREEMississippi

Olagoke Daramola

Olagoke Daramola

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Gero Nootz/Ocean Exploration Lab

Research: Motion compensation and signal peak detection of a 360⁰ underwater LiDAR system

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Olagoke.DaramolaFREEMississippi

Megha Devakumar

Megha Devakumar

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang/Marine Optics Lab

Research: Analyzing the particle size and characterisation of various constituents in the aquatic environment

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Megha.DevakumarFREEMississippi

Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Maarten Buijsman

Research: Investigating the spatial and temporal variability of Internal tides in the global ocean

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Harpreet.KaurFREEMississippi

Hafeez Oladejo

Hafeez Oladejo

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Diana Bernstein

Research: Coastal processes observation and modelling

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Hafeez.OladejoFREEMississippi

Amy Moody

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Alan Shiller/Center for Trace Analysis

Research: Submarine groundwater discharge in Mississippi Sound

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Amy.MoodyFREEMississippi

Neil Redmond

Ph.D. 

Faculty/Lab

Hayes Lab

Research: Natural radionuclides, past and present ocean

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Neil.RedmondFREEMississippi

David Safari

David Safari

Ph.D

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang/Marine Optics Lab

Research: Developing innovative optical algorithm to retrieve organic carbon from field and satellite observations

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David.SafariFREEMississippi

Oladeji Siyanbola

Oladeji Siyanbola

Ph.D.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Maarten Buijsman/Physo Lab

Research: The effect of remotely generated internal waves on coastal dynamics

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Oladeji.SiyanbolaFREEMississippi

Thomas Wissing

Thomas Wissing

Ph. D. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang/Marine Optics Lab

Research: Investigating particle dynamics in the ocean using optical observation

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Thomas.WissingFREEMississippi

Hameed Ajibade

Hameed Ajibade

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert

Research: Circulation modeling to study oyster larvae transport and recruitment

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Hameed.AjibadeFREEMississippi%C2%A0

Betina Brockamp

Betina Brockamp

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden/Ocean Science and Monitoring Lab

Research: Near-inertial oscillations in the northern Gulf of Mexico

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Betina.BrockampFREEMississippi

Yean Das

Yean Das

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Kristina Mojica, Dr. Christopher Hayes

Research: Marine virus production through bacterial lysis and carbon biogeochemistry

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Yean.DasFREEMississippi

Marc Diard

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert

Research: Circulation and wind-wave modeling of the coastal ocean. Application of HR Radar to wind spectrum validation

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Marc.DiardFREEMississippi

Mallory Dyson

Mallory Dyson

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Scott Milroy

Research: Ecological modeling in the Gulf of Mexico

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Mallory.DysonFREEMississippi

Nicholas Gagliano

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert

Research: Circulation and sediment transport modeling of the coastal ocean

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Nicholas.J.GaglianoFREEMississippi

Tasnim Islam

Tasnim Islam

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Stephan Howden/Ocean Science and Monitoring Lab 

Research: Understanding the sea-surface current pattern through comparison of High Frequency Radar data and the Coupled Oceanic Atmospheric Wave and Sediment Transport (COAWST) model of the Mississippi Sound and Bight

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Tasnim.IslamFREEMississippi

Michael Kamowski

Michael Kamowski

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang/Marine Optics Lab

Research: Applying 3D tomography to examine the internal structure of phytoplankton for better optical modeling

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Michael.KamowskiFREEMississippi

Kacey Lange

Kacey Lange

M.S.

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Kristina Mojica – Marine Microbial Ecology Lab

Research: Investigating the Contribution of Marine Viruses to Optical Backscatter in the <0.2 µm Fraction of Seawater

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Kacey.LangeFREEMississippi

Riza Magbitang

Riza Magbitang

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Alan Shiller/Center for Trace Analysis

Research: Ocean geochemistry

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Riza.MagbitangFREEMississippi

Claire McGuire

Claire McGuire

M.S

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Christopher Hayes

Research: Marine Biogeochemistry

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Claire.McGuireFREEMississippi

Bethanie Pertain

Bethany Pertain

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Leonardo Macelloni

Research: Analyzing the relationships between geophysical and benthic biological data collected at a mesophotic reef site in order to establish and determine the validity of surrogate relationships

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Bethany.PertainFREEMississippi

Nahruma Mehzabeen Pieu

Nahruma Mehzabeen Pieu

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Kemal Cambazoglu

Research: Understanding the hydrodynamics of the Lower Pearl River through numerical modeling

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Nahruma.PieuFREEMississippi%C2%A0

Sarah Raney

Sarah Raney

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Alan Shiller, Center for Trace Analysis

Research: Understanding biogeochemical and physical processes that influence methane air-sea exchange fluxes in the Pacific Ocean

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Sarah.RaneyFREEMississippi

Ardian M Rizal

Ardian M Rizal

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Jerry Wiggert 

Research: Application of the SWAN-ROMS coupling model in the COAWST-based modeling system

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Ardian.RizalFREEMississippi

Shihab Hossain Saran

Shihab Hossain Saran

M.S. 

Faculty/Lab

Dr. Kemal Cambazoglu/Ocean Modeling Group-

Research: Understanding the circulation and sedimentation in Gulf of Mexico using ROMS numerical model

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ShihabHossain.SaranFREEMississippi