Graduate Students


Erika Shook

Erika Shook


Advisor: Alecia Septer

Marine microbial ecology, ecological genomics, and ocean policy.

eshook@unc.edu
3105B Murray Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Anne Margaret Smiley

Anne Margaret Smiley


Advisor: Mike Piehler

Ecosystem functions within the built environment; Nutrient cycling; Coastal resilience

ahsmiley@ad.unc.edu
Murray Hall
@annesmileyy

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith


Advisor: Dr. Alecia Septer

  • Microbial competitive interactions during host-colonization
  • How horizontal gene transfer drives the evolution of symbioses
  • Microscopy, bioinformatics, and designing molecular tools
stesmith@ad.unc.edu
Murray Hall 3117X
Google Scholar Profile
@stephalopod1

Tyler Souza

Tyler Souza


Advisor: Dr. Emily Eidam

tytysou@live.unc.edu
Murray/Venable Hall

Mark Stoops

Mark Stoops


Advisor: Rachel Noble

Environmental and Marine Microbiology

majastoo@email.unc.edu

Zack Taebel

Zack Taebel


Advisor: Alberto Scotti

Nonlinear Surface Waves

taebel@live.unc.edu

Han Truong

Han Truong


Advisor: Ryan Mills

I am a master’s student working with Ryan Mills. My research, based in central Colorado, is focused on the generation and differentiation of continental crust using whole-rock radiogenic isotopic analyses combined with elemental chemistry.

My interests outside of academics include traveling, hiking, photography, playing musical instruments, skiing, playing badminton, and watching hockey (go jackets).

baohan@email.unc.edu
Mitchell Hall 319
@hanbtruong

Bhavyaa Tyagi

Bhavyaa Tyagi


Advisor: Alecia Septer

I am studying competition in the bacterium Vibrio fischeri, which uses a molecular syringe called the Type VI Secretion System(T6SS) to transfer toxic proteins into other bacterial cells in a contact dependent manner. In juvenile Hawaiian bobtail squids, Vibrio fischeri colonize within hours and different genotypes of Vibrio fischeri compete against each other for space inside the host. We are interested in knowing how certain host conditions turn on the T6SS during this colonization process. This work adds value when thinking about host-microbe interactions in the environment and the outcomes of T6SS dependent competition.

btyagi@unc.edu

Rebecca Van Hoeck

Rebecca Van Hoeck


Advisor: Joel Fodrie

Ecology and soundscapes of temperate hard bottom habitats

rebeccavh@unc.edu
@becca_vanhoeck

Xikai Wang

Xikai Wang


Advisor: Xiaoming Liu

I am a Ph.D. student working with Xiaoming Liu, currently I am working on lithium and potassium isotopes. I also have done some research in shale gas exploration with Prof. Jianhua Guo when I was a master student.

Apart from the research, I enjoy basketball, jogging, and hiking.

xikai@live.unc.edu
Mitchell Hall 210A

Jianxing Wang

Jianxing Wang


Advisor: Johanna Rosman

My current research interests are about the circulation and mixing in wind-dominated estuaries.

jianxing@email.unc.edu
Murray Hall

Ami Ward

Ami Ward


Advisor: Drew Coleman

I am currently a Ph.D student working with Drew Coleman. The primary focus of my work is isotope geochemistry. For my Master’s project, I worked on determining the boron content of rocks from the bifurcated portion of the Lesser Antilles.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, making pottery, and running.
ami1993@live.unc.edu

Emory Wellman

Emory Wellman


Advisor: Dr. Rachel K. Gittman

Ecosystem services provision by coastal habitats, restoration ecology, and coastal policy and management

emorywellman@gmail.com

Sarah Wells

Sarah Wells


Advisor: Kevin Stewart

I am a M.S. student working with Kevin Stewart on structure and geologic history of an area in western North Carolina.
In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, and playing with my German Shepherd Roxy.
sbrookw@live.unc.edu
Mitchell Hall 105A

Travis Wilson


Advisor: Dr. Alecia Septer

Interactions between polar diatoms and bacteria.

travist@email.unc.edu
(919) 843-7316

Mollie Yacano

Mollie Yacano


Advisor: Mike Piehler

Coastal biogeochemistry

moyacano@live.unc.edu
@MollieYacano

Acacia Zhao

Acacia Zhao


Advisor: Dr. Scott Gifford

Marine microbiology and carbon cycling

acacia@live.unc.edu
Murray Hall 3105A