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


Micah Dean

B.S. University of Vermont

M.S. Cornell University

Micah Dean graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont in 1999. After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a year before moving on to Cornell University to pursue a Master’s degree. During his time at Cornell, Micah studied the spatial and temporal distribution of juvenile Chinook salmon in nearshore Lake Ontario. After completing his Master’s degree in 2002, he took a job as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries in Gloucester. Over his 15 year career at MADMF, Micah has had the opportunity to work on a variety of fisheries issues, including cod spawning behavior, recreational discard mortality, coastal migration of striped bass, and population dynamics of forage species. Building from this base of experience, he began his PhD at Northeastern in 2015, focusing on the influence of spatial and seasonal heterogeneity on population and fishery processes for Atlantic cod. Through his ongoing role at MADMF, Micah designed and helps coordinate a bottom trawl survey that leverages an industry-science partnership to intensively sample the Gulf of Maine cod population.  The data provided by this survey offer a novel perspective on the dynamics of this important resource and form a primary data source for his dissertation research.

Email: micah.dean@state.ma.us


Louise Cameron 

B.S. University of St. Andrews (UK)

Louise is a third year Ph.D student in the Grabowski lab. She is co-advised by Dr. Justin Ries. The bulk of her research investigates how ocean acidification and climate warming affects marine organisms’ physiology and fitness. She is particularly interested in how marine calcifiers respond to changing environmental conditions. In particular, she is researching how the  Georges Bank Atlantic Scallop stock will respond to ocean acidification over the 21st century, and how this will affect the fishery at both management and socioeconomic levels.

Email: cameron.lo@husky.neu.edu