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Marine Biology Candidates this week

This week we welcome two candidates for the Marine Ecology teaching professor position. There will be small receptions on Monday and Wednesday afternoon after the interview talk/teaching demo to encourage mingling among the marine science communities.

Dr. Steve Doo 
will be here Monday and Tuesday June 6-7. Dr. Steve Doo is a marine ecologist interested in understanding feedbacks between changing coastal marine ecosystems and benthic organismal physiology. His teaching and research interests span multiple spatial- and temporal- scales and target a central goal of attributing how marine ecosystems are impacted by climate change. Steve received his BA/BS in Marine Biology and Music Performance from the University of California, Davis, and a Msc from Northeastern University with the Three Seas Program. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2017, where he studied the impacts of climate change on large benthic foraminifera populations along the Great Barrier Reef.

Monday June 6 

Tuesday June 7 


Dr. Ronel Nel  
will be here Wednesday and Thursday June 8-9.  Dr. Ronel Nel is a Professor of Marine Biology at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, with more than a decade's experience teaching undergraduate to PhD level students and researching beach organisms from meiofauna to giant sea turtles. Ronel obtained a PhD in sandy beach ecology from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). She diverted from academia to get real-world conservation experience at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife as the Regional Marine Ecologist. 

Wednesday June 8 

  • Lunch with Graduate Students. 12:00-1:00 FSH 207
  • Seminar and Teaching Demo - 4:30 to 5:30 FSH 107
  • with reception afterwards at 5:30pm
  • Title: Sandy Beaches: Cinderella ecosystem or the wicked stepsister?  https://washington.zoom.us/j/98978658363

Thursday June 9


All talks will be recorded and made available afterwards for those unable to attend in person. If you wish to meet with either candidate one-on-one or in a small group, please contact Gabrielle Rocap as there are still some open slots on their schedules.


Previous Marine Biology Candidates:

Dr. Gina Contolini 
Dr. Contolini is currently a Kelp Management Extension Fellow at California Sea Grant and California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Her PhD research focused on how climate change can drive trait changes among populations of marine predators in a rocky intertidal predator-prey system, differentially altering ecological communities. Her research seminar, entitled  “Moons, Stars, and Snails: Expanding Ecological Paradigms in Intertidal Habitats” was given on Monday, May 23, 2022.  



Dr. Christopher Biggs  
Dr. Biggs is currently an Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Marine Science, University of Texas at Austin. His PhD research was based in ecology, fisheries, fish behavior, and bioacoustics with current work in soundscape ecology, oyster reefs, and reproductive behavior of fish.  His research seminar, entitled  “Listen In: Acoustic monitoring of estuarine communities facing ecosystem change” was given on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.  








Thanks for meeting all the Active Margin candidates!  

The faculty are now deciding in what order to approach the four outstanding applicants we had.  As a reminder, we met:

Dr. Christine Chesley

Christine Chesley is a marine electromagnetic geophysicist and current Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where she is investigating water input into subduction zones and the properties of an earthquake rupture barrier.  Her research seminar, entitled  “Probing oceanic lithosphere and its tectonic processes with electromagnetic geophysics” was given on next Wednesday, May 18, 2022.  

Dr Hannah Mark   

Hannah Mark is a marine geophysicist and postdoctoral investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she is applying her skills as a geodynamic modeler (she is also an observationalist).  Her research seminar, entitled "From the surface to the mantle, and back again: two subduction stories", was Wednesday, May 11th 2022.

Dr. Brandon Shuck  

Dr. Brandon Shuck is a marine geophysicist and current holder of the competitive Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where he is studying oceanic lithosphere offshore Cascadia.  He gave his research seminar, entitled “A journey through the birth and death of oceanic plates at (re)new(ed) tectonic boundaries”, on Wednesday, May 4th. 

Dr. Kendall Valentine

Kendall Valentine is a coastal sedimentologist (ecogeomorphology) and postdoc at VIMS.  Kendall studies some of the most pressing issues of the day for the nearshorte, including carbon sequestration, erosion, soil stability and other topics.



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