People

Dr. Lisa G. Chambers

Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, University of Florida
M.S., Oceanography and Coastal Science, Louisiana State University
B.S., Natural Resources, Ohio State University

Research interests: Biogeochemical cycling of elements (mainly N, P, and C) in wetlands, riparian areas, and coastal ecosystems; understanding the link between soil microbial ecology and ecosystem function; accessing the impacts of disturbance (sea level rise, urbanization, eutrophication, restoration) on biogeochemical ecosystem functions and services.


Dr. HavalHavalendend E. Steinmuller

Research Scientist
Ph.D., Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida
M.S., Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
B.S., Coastal Environmental Science, Louisiana State University

UCF Publications:
Steinmuller et. al., 2020
Steinmuller et. al., 2019b
Steimuller and Chambers, 2019
Steinmuller et. al., 2019a
Steinmuller and Chambers, 2018


Sarah Harttung

Ph.D. Student, Conservation Biology
B.S., Michigan Technological University

Dissertation Topic: Understanding the impact of marsh-mangrove transitions on the carbon biogeochemistry of coastal wetlands

 

 

 


Paul Boudreau

M.S. Student, Biology
B.S., Biology, University of Central Florida

Thesis Topic: Using dry-down as a tool for soil consolidation and nutrient management in a treatment wetland.

 

 

 


Evan Duga

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Chemistry major

Independent Research Project: Interactions between microplastics and inorganic nutrients

 

 

 


Chelsea Nitsch 

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Independent Research Project: How does the use of biodegradable mats for oyster reef restoration affect sediment biogeochemistry?

 

 

 


Ashley Boggs 

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Independent Research Project: Can Red Tide hinder soil microbial function in coastal wetlands?

 

 

 


Jennifer Bennett

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Environmental Studies major

Independent Research Project: Developing a soil carbon inventory for the UCF Arboretum

 

 

 


Angela Ferebee

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Research Interests: Soil microbial activity

 

 

 

 


 Lab Alumni


Nia Hurst

ABL Lab Manager and Research Assistant (2017-2019)

Now at: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wetlands and Coastal Ecology Branch of the Engineer Research and Development Center

 

 

 


Dr. Joshua Breithaupt

ABL Postdoctoral Scholar (2017-2019)

UCF Publications:
Breithaupt et al., 2019a
Breithaupt et al., 2019b

 

 

 


Bryan Locher

M.S., Biology, University of Central Florida (2019)

Now at: South Florida Water Management District

UCF Publications:
Thesis: Understanding Sediment Biogeochemistry and the Role of Juvenile Oysters on Recently Restored Eastern Oyster Reefs

 

 


Janet Ho

M.S., Biology, University of Central Florida (2018)

UCF Publications:
Thesis: Characterizing Biogeochemical Shifts in Two Salix Caroliniana Michx. Encroached Freshwater Subtropical Marshes
Ho and Chambers, 2018
Ho et al., 2018

 


Kyle Dittmer

B.S., Environmental Science, University of Central Florida (2017)

Now at: University of Vermont pursuing an M.S. in Natural Resources

UCF Publications:
Dittmer et. al., 2018

 


Kevin McCarthy

B.S., Biology, University of Central Florida (2019)

Independent Research Project: Can nutrient additions ‘prime’ soil microbial activity at depth within freshwater wetland soils?