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Dr. Karl D. Castillo, Principal Investigator


Assistant Professor, Marine Sciences Department University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012 - present)

Postdoc, UNC-Chapel Hill (2012; supervisors, Justin Ries/John Bruno)
Ph.D., University of South Carolina (2008; supervisor, Brian Helmuth)
M.S., University of South Carolina (2003; supervisor, Brian Helmuth)
B.S., Southeast Missouri State University (1998; supervisors, Adelaide Parsons and Margaret Waterman)

 


 






Dr. Sarah W. Davies, Postdoctoral Research Associate

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Castillo lab. I completed my B.Sc. in Biology at The University of Victoria, Canada in 2004, my M.Sc. in Marine Sciences at The University of Calgary in 2009, and my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at The University of Texas at Austin in 2014. I am largely interested in the factors that influence species ranges and species’ potential for adaptation, acclimatization, or dispersal to new habitats in the face of climate change. My work at UNC focuses on understanding the transcriptomic responses of coral host and symbionts to ocean warming and acidification. I am co-supervised by Dr. Karl Castillo, Dr. Adrian Marchetti, and Dr. Justin Ries (Northeastern University).

Contact info:
Sarah W. Davies
Email: daviessw@gmail.com






    




Justin Baumann, Ph. D. Student


I am a PhD student in the Castillo lab. I completed my B.S. in Biology and Earth Sciences at Ohio State University in 2011, and my M.S. in Earth Sciences also at Ohio State in 2013. My previous work has been on coral physiology including the response of corals to stressors such as ocean warming and ocean acidification. My proposed research will investigate thermal history, susceptibility and resilience of several species of Caribbean corals across a latitudinal gradient on the Belize Barrier Reef System. I  co-founded and help manage the UNC-MASC graduate student blog: underthecblog.wordpress.com

Contact info: Justin Baumann






Clare Fieseler, Ph. D. Student

I am a Ph.D. student in the Castillo Lab studying coral reef resilience and marine management discourse. My interdisciplinary dissertation research is made possible through UNC's Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology. Prior to attending UNC, I completed a masters at Duke University and a bachelors at Georgetown University. My dissertation research in funded through the Nature Conservancy and the National Geographic Society. I am highly involved in science communication, drawing from my past employment in natural history filmmaking and my current freelance science reporting for public radio. I am the co-founder and current director of Scientist with Stories, a non-profit that trains scientists to communicate with the public through narrative. I often blog at blogs.nationalgeographic.com. I am co-supervised by Dr. Karl Castillo and Dr. Jaye Cable.

Contact info: Clare Fieseler
Email: 
cfieseler@unc.edu; Website: www.cfieseler.com   

                                                 






John P. Rippe, Ph. D. Student


I am a PhD student in the Castillo Lab. My previous education was at the University of Virginia, where I earned my B.S. in Environmental Sciences and B.A. in Biology with specialization in Environmental and Biological Conservation. While an undergraduate, I conducted research on the hydrodynamic effects of turf algae coral metabolic activity. My proposed work will focus on phase shift ecology and resilience in coral reef systems and the incorporation of these variables in conservation strategies.

Contact info:
John P. Rippe







Daphne De Leener, Undergraduate Researcher


I am a junior pursuing a major in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Science and Geography.I started working in the Castillo lab as an undergraduate researcher in the Fall of 2014. I am quantifying symbiont density for coral exposed to a range of temperature and feeding experimental treatments.







Kirsten Spencer, Undergraduate Researcher

I am currently a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in psychology with a possible marine science minor. I joined the Castillo Lab in the fall of 2014. Currently, in the Castillo lab, I volunteer as an undergraduate researcher. I am part of a larger project where my central role is to quantify symbiont density for corals from a range of temperature and feeding experimental treatments.




                             






Rafaela Vendrametto Granzotti, Undergraduate Researcher
 

I am a senior undergraduate Biology major from  the State University of Maringa – Brazil, currently studying abroad in UNC-Chapel Hill through the program Science Without Borders.  I joined the Castillo Lab in Fall 2014 and I am involved in quantifying coral bleaching through color analysis, using images of coral fragments taken under different acidification and temperature treatments. 
                                                                             

                                     



Kathryn Cobleigh, Undergraduate Researcher

I am a senior pursuing an Environmental Science Major and Marine Science minor. I have worked in the Castillo Lab as an undergraduate researcher since Fall 2012.  I have been involved with our ongoing coral coring project, focusing mostly on quantifying skeletal density and extension and calcification rates rates of forereef, backreef, and nearshore corals. Currently, I am beginning my senior project quantifying  differences in the skeletal structure for corals exposed to a range of temperature and pCO2 treatments.




                        


Joseph Townsend
, Undergraduate Researcher

I am a junior Biology and Communications major with a Marine Science minor. I joined the Castillo lab in the Summer of 2014, and have been involved in data collection and analysis for an experiment on how temperate coral stress response changes under different feeding regimes. Currently, I am quantifying surface area in order to better understand the bleaching response of these corals. I am also involved in various other projects around the lab and assist with general maintenance of our Aquarium Research  Center and with video documentation of various experiments.


 


Hannah Aichelman, Visiting Researcher

Hannah graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S in Environmental Science and a minor in Marine Science and Chemistry. She is currently working on various aspects of a coral feeding experiment that she lead as an undergraduate researcher while working in the Castillo Lab.









Carissa Campbell
, Undergraduate Researcher


I am a junior at UNC double majoring in Pyschology and Sociology with a minor marine sciences. In the lab I work as an undergraduate researcher in several different areas. Currently, I am assisting in a project that is examining the effect of temperature of a range of physiological parameters for corals collected from across a range of  depths. Previously, I was heavily involved in the preparation of coral powdered samples for geochemical analysis using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). I am also involved in assisting in the maintenance of our Aquarium research Center.

                                      




Pualani Armstrong, Undergraduate Researcher

Previous Lab Members





Travis Courtney, Visiting Researcher






Richard Yost II
Undergraduate Researcher




Ashley Fogel, Undergraduate Researcher



Risa Dalsing, Undergraduate Researcher




Jamie Matos, Undergraduate Researcher




Nettie McMiller, Undergraduate Researcher



Blake Elder, Undergraduate Researcher






Kruti Patel, Undergraduate Researcher




Elaine Chow, Undergraduate Researcher



 

Deepti Schroff, Undergraduate Researcher











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