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Dr. Lisa G. Chambers

Principle Investigator
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.


Nia Hurst

Lab Manager and Research Assistant
M.S., Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
B.S., Environmental Science, DePaul University

Independent Research Project: Developing Biogeochemical Indicators of Oyster Reef Restoration Success: Changes in Carbon Cycling and Microbial Dynamics

 


Dr. Joshua Breithaupt

Postdoctoral Scholar
Ph.D., Marine Science, University of South Florida
M.S., Environmental Science, University of South Florida
B.A., English, Wheaton College

Research interests: Coastal wetlands: sedimentation rates, biogeochemical cycling, impacts of sea-level rise

 


HavalHavalendend Steinmuller

Ph.D. Candidate, Conservation Biology
M.S., Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State University
B.S., Coastal Environmental Science, Louisiana State University

Dissertation Topic: Understanding the effects of sea level rise and coastal vegetation shifts on coastal wetland biogeochemistry

UCF Publications:

Steinmuller et. al., 2019b
Steimuller and Chambers, 2019
Steinmuller et. al., 2019a
Steinmuller and Chambers, 2018


Bryan Locher

M.S. Student, Biology
B.S., Chemistry and Ecosystem Science & Policy, University of Miami

Research interests: Effects of oyster reef and living shoreline restoration in biogeochemical processes

 

 

 


Sarah Harttung

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

Research Interests: Carbon cycling and biogeochemistry in coastal wetlands; relating biogeochemical processes to remote sensing data

 

 

 


Kevin McCarthy

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

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

 

 

 


Tasnim Mellouli

Undergraduate Research Assistant/ EXCEL/COMPASS student
Biology major

Independent Research Project: Wrack deposition on living shoreline restoration sites: a nutrient source?

 

 


Hayden Denton

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Research Interests: Effects of wastewater runoff and excess nutrients on the rivers and lakes in Florida

 

 

 


Evan Duga

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Independent Research Project: Interactions between microplastics and inorganic nutrients

 

 

 


Angela Ferebee

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Research Interests: Soil microbial activity

 

 

 

 


Chelsea Nitsch 

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biology major

Independent Research Project: Understanding the impacts of saltwater intrusion on denitrification in riverine wetlands

 

 

 


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
Biology major

Research Interests: Soil science

 

 

 

 


 Lab Alumni


Kyle Dittmer

B.S., Environmental Science, University of Central Florida

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

UCF Publications:
Dittmer et. al., 2018

 


Janet Ho

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

Thesis Topic: Willow (Salix Caroliniana) Encroachment in Freshwater Marshes: Effects on Nutrient Dynamics and Decomposition

UCF Publications:
Ho and Chambers, 2018
Ho et al., 2018