People

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jonathan H. Grabowski

B.S., Duke University, Biology & Economics

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ecology

Research Areas: Ecology, Fisheries Biology, Conservation Biology, Restoration Ecology, Ecosystem Management, Ecological Economics

My research interests span issues in ecology, fisheries and conservation biology, social-ecological coupling, environmental policy, and ecological economics. I have used a variety of estuarine (oyster reef, seagrass, salt marsh, mud bottom) and marine (kelp bed, cobble-ledge) systems to examine how resource availability, habitat heterogeneity and predation risk affect population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystem functioning. Much of this work focuses on economically important species such as lobsters, cod, herring, monkfish, and oysters, and consequently is relevant for fisheries and ecosystem management. My lab also focuses on how habitat degradation and restoration influence benthic community structure, population structure, and the transfer of energy to higher trophic levels. In addition, we are interested in how fisheries management initiatives such as the design of closed areas, delineation of stock boundaries, fishing gear modifications, and quota setting impact fish population structure and fisheries productivity, essential fish habitat protection, community structure, and the social capital of stakeholders.

Email: j.grabowski@northeastern.edu

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Chris Baillie

B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ph.D., Northeastern University

Chris Baillie received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. After completing his undergraduate, Chris worked with Dr. Joel Fodrie at the University of North Carolina as a technician working on fisheries ecology in seagrass and oyster reef systems. Broadly, his interests include marine community ecology and conservation. More specifically, he is interested in connectivity of marine ecosystems and populations, complex trophic interactions, impacts of anthropogenic modifications to marine systems, and disease ecology.  His Ph.D. dissertation centered around the invasive shore crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus.

Email: baillie.c@husky.neu.edu

 Graduate Students

Robert Murphy

B.S., Northeastern University

Robert Murphy graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Marine Biology in 2012. During his undergraduate career, Robert worked in the Grabowski lab studying the diet of the recreationally important striped bass (Morone saxatilis). His Ph.D. research aims to further examine the potential relationship between striped bass and their dominant prey items, specifically in the Gulf of Maine. Specifically, his research will focus on understanding the intricacies behind striped bass prey selectivity and potential physiological and ecological implications of prey  selection. Further research  will target striped bass management along with the socio-economic consequences of policy reform. Survey work aims to identify the perceptions and local ecological knowledge of striped bass fishers in New England.

Email: murphy.rob@husky.neu.edu


Theresa Davenport

B.S., Gettysburg College

M.S., Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Theresa is a benthic community ecologist interested in informing coastal restoration using targeted experimental and modeling approaches. She is examining the role of biodiversity, and/or other characteristics of resilient coastal ecosystems, in mediating the impacts of stressors on coastal habitats and their ability to function and provide ecosystem functions and services. She is currently comparing the capacity of oyster reefs with different characteristics to augment fish production. She is co-advised by Dr. Randall Hughes. For her Master’s degree at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Theresa examined the biological impacts of living shoreline construction on benthic biota. Prior to joining the Grabowski lab, she developed strategies for monitoring and adaptive management of restoration as part of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Email: davenport.th@husky.neu.edu


Research Technicians

Kelsey Schultz

B.S., The Ohio State University

M.S., Northeastern University

Kelsey Schultz graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a B.S. in biology.  Following graduation, Kelsey entered into the Three Seas Professional Masters Program at Northeastern University where she researched biogeochemical cycling on natural oyster reefs, as well as on oyster aquaculture farms. She is more broadly interested in fisheries conservation and ecological economics and wishes to better understand how to improve environmental restoration efforts and success in New England.

Email: k.schultz@northeastern.edu

Undergraduate Researchers

Lucy Harrington- Northeastern University

 

 

 


Haley Havens- Northeastern University

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Graduates

Chris Baillie – P.h.D.

Chris Baillie received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Marine Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. After completing his undergraduate, Chris worked with Dr. Joel Fodrie at the University of North Carolina as a technician working on fisheries ecology in seagrass and oyster reef systems. Broadly, his interests include marine community ecology and conservation. More specifically, he is interested in connectivity of marine ecosystems and populations, complex trophic interactions, impacts of anthropogenic modifications to marine systems, and disease ecology.  His Ph.D. dissertation centered around the invasive shore crab, Hemigrapsus sanguineus.

Email: baillie.c@husky.neu.edu


Chris Conroy – Ph.D. 

M.S. Environmental Science – University of Maryland

Chris Conroy received his doctoral degree in December 2016 where he focused on populations interactions in marine environments and how they are affected by anthropogenic factors such as fishing and climate change. More specifically, Chris studied the role that intrapopulation diversity plays in the stability and resilience of Atlantic cod Gadus morhua populations and its importance to the management of this essential fishery.

Email: conroy.chr@husky.neu.edu


Marissa McMahan- Ph.D. 

B.S. Biology – University of Southern Maine

M.S. Marine Biology – University of Maine

Marissa’s research focused on trophic interactions impact on population dynamics and community structure. More specifically, explored predator-prey interactions and how indirect effects of predators influence prey behavior. Marissa’s graduate research at the University of Maine utilized acoustic telemetry to track fine-scale movement behavior of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in the presence and absence of predators. Marissa plans to continue studying how behavioral responses to predation influence ecosystems.

Email: mcmahan.m@husky.neu.edu

 


Kelsey Schultz – Professional MS Student 

B.S. The Ohio State University

Kelsey Schultz graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology.  Directly following graduation, she entered into the Three Seas Master’s program at Northeastern, where she explored the ecosystem services oysters provide, including their ability to improve water quality in coastal areas. More specifically, she compared natural oyster reefs and oyster aquaculture sites, exploring the potential effects of oysters on reef nutrient cycling in both locations. She mainly focused on the effects of oyster density and biomass on biogeochemical cycling by looking at tissue and shell bioassimilation and reef sediment organic matter.

Email: k.schultz@northeastern.edu


Stephen Heck – Professional MS Student 

B.S., Middlebury College

Stephen Heck graduated from Middlebury College in 2010 with a B.A. in Biology.  Since then, he has spent the warmer seasons working as a research technician on a bay scallop restoration project in Nantucket, MA.  For the better part of each year he conducted background research for the Environmental Defense Fund on several fisheries conservation projects. Stephen completed his masters degree through the Three Seas Program of Northeastern University.  Fundamentally intrigued by the interconnectivity of everything, he is particularly interested in studying the effects that anthropogenic activities have on marine ecosystems and using research to understand how to best mitigate those impacts.  Stephen explored population dynamics of sea scallops in the Gulf of Maine during his time in the Grabowski lab

Email: heck.stephen@gmail.com