Spring 2018 Southeast Climate Science Center Stakeholder Advisory Committee Meeting
Student Showcase Poster Session
Jared Balik – 2nd year PhD Student in Biology, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster Title: High variation in nutrient excretion within a guild of closely related caddisfly species
Keywords: Aquatic Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, Nutrient Cycling, Phenology, Primary Productivity, Species Interactions, Stoichiometry
Biography and Research Description: Jared Balik’s dissertation broadly explores how environmental change modifies ecosystem function, particularly nutrient cycling, in aquatic systems. His first and second chapters link climate change to ecological stoichiometry and species interactions in lentic (pond) systems. His poster presents findings from these chapters. Then, his third and fourth chapters link climate change to phenology, primary productivity, and nutrient cycling in lotic (river) systems.
Stephanie Courtney – 1st year MS Student, Department of Geosciences, Auburn University
Poster Title: Communicating Climate Change with Graphs: Insights from Eye-tracking
Keywords: Climate Change Communication, Discipline-Based Education Research, Geocognition
Biography and Research Description: Stephanie Courtney is a first-year Master’s student at Auburn University, one of the consortium universities of the Southeast Climate Science Center. She is in the Geology department, but her research is in the Geocognition lab with Dr. Karen McNeal. Stephanie’s work focuses on climate change knowledge and perception on campus and effective communication of climate change content with graphs.
Hadi Eshraghi – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NCSU
Poster Title: US Energy-related CO2 Emission in the Absence of Federal Policy
Keywords: CO2 emissions, Energy system, Uncertainty
Biography and Research Description: Hadi Eshraghi is investigating how the US future energy-related CO2 emissions in the absence of a federal mitigation policy will look. The motivation for this study is to examine the impacts of uncertainty in market forces on the nation-wide CO2 emissions.
Shilo K. Felton – 4th year PhD Student, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster Title: Population level effects of American Oystercatcher management: Evaluating spatial trends in the distribution of breeding pairs and productivity
Keywords: animal behavior/ethology, human-wildlife conflict, in situ experimental design, migratory shorebird ecology, Species population modeling
Biography and Research Description: Shilo’s current research as a doctoral student aims to answer questions regarding American Oystercatcher populations that allow the National Park Service to make well-informed management decisions with regard to this species. Relying on coastal habitats for nesting and foraging of marine mollusks, American Oystercatchers are threatened by coastal development and human recreation, heightened predator pressure, loss of nesting habitat to sea level rise, and decreases in a reliable food supply.
Riley Gallagher – 1st year MS Student in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster Title: Using Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) as an Indicator of Early Signs of Climate Change
Keywords: Acoustic Telemetry, Cobia, Sea level rise, Salinization, Saltwater intrusion, Biography and Research Description: Riley Gallagher’s research interests focus on sport fisheries ecology and conservation. He is specifically interested in understanding population genetics and life history adaptability of cobia in coastal North Carolina and Virginia waters. Riley joined the Buckel lab in 2017 as a M.S. candidate to investigate the population structure of cobia using acoustic telemetry and genetic analysis. Riley and Jacob Kause are working collaboratively with state and federal agencies on the cobia project as part of a larger coast-wide program. The population structure of cobia on the US east coast is not clearly defined. The goal of this program is to determine where boundaries should be drawn for stock assessments and management of US east coast cobia.
Devon Gaydos – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
Poster Title: Managing Forest Disease with Tangible Geospatial Models
Keywords: Forest Disease Management, Geospatial Modeling, Stakeholder Engagement
Biography and Research Description: For her doctoral research, Devon Gaydos has been studying the ecology and management of sudden oak death disease, an invasive forest disease which has killed millions of trees along the Pacific coast. Land managers in southwest Oregon are currently facing a new challenge in the form of a new, more aggressive, strain of this pathogen. Devon’s work leverages spatiotemporal projections of disease spread to examine tradeoffs of disease management scenarios and engage stakeholders managing the disease.
Geneva Gray – MS Candidate, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NCSU
Poster Title: Ensemble Creation of Downscaled Climate Models
Keywords: Climate Change, Data, Downscaling, Ensemble, Southeast
Biography and Research Description: Geneva Gray is a graduate student in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. She studies downscaled climate change projections and ensemble creation methodology for the Southeast.
Enie Hensel – PhD Candidate in Biology, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster title: Positive effects of structural complexity and predator presence on coral reef fish communities
Keywords: Coral Reefs, Coral Restoration, Fishing Regulations, Grouper, Marine Predators, Nearshore Ecosystems
Biography and Research Description: Coastal human populations are intimately connected with their surrounding environment as they are dependent on the services they provide and yet, coastal ecosystems are threatened by both natural and anthropogenic stressors. Enie Hensel is an ecologist interested in how coastal ecosystems are connected through consumers like fish. Currently, she is investigating how the loss of predatory fishes and habitat complexity alters nearshore ecosystem function using field experiments and large-scale surveys.
Elsita Kiekebusch – 3rd year PhD Student in Biology, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster Title: Population Dynamics of Appalachian Brown butterflies under increased temperatures
Keywords: Butterfly, Phenology, Population ecology
Biography and Research Description: Elsita Kiekebusch is a third year PhD student working with Dr. Nick Haddad in the Department of Applied Ecology. Her research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on the population dynamics of rare and endangered butterflies. Elsita is passionate about conservation, the application of ecological theory to wildlife management, and science outreach and communication.
Danielle Lawson – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, NCSU
Poster Title: Intergenerational Communication For Conservation
Keywords: Adolescents, Climate Change, Environmental Communication, Global Warming,
Biography and Research Description: Danielle Lawson is a 3rd Year Ph.D. student in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, studying environmental education research. She seeks to find ways to increase the self-efficacy of younger generations to influence older generations in their lives.
Mike Madden – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NCSU
Poster Title: How will heavy rainfall events change under future climatological conditions?
Keywords: Climate change, Future weather, Numerical modeling
Biography and Research Description: Mike Madden received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in atmospheric science from the University of Missouri and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, respectively. After teaching college physics as an adjunct instructor at Missouri Southern State University, he entered the Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. program in the fall of 2015. He currently studies numerical weather prediction and the effects that climate change could have on weather phenomena.
Lindsay Maudlin – PhD Candidate, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, NCSU
Poster Title: Climate Literacy in Informal Education Settings
Keywords: Climate, Climate literacy, Geocognition, Geoscience Education Research
Biography and Research Description: Lindsay Maudlin is a PhD Candidate in Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at NC State. She received her B.S. in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma and her M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from The University of Arizona. Lindsay’s dissertation and future post-doctoral research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to measure climate literacy in informal education settings and to evaluate the efficacy of existing climate communication tools.
Tina Mozelewski – 2nd year PhD Student, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
Poster Title: Incorporating climate change into conservation planning
Keywords: Climate Change, Conservation Biology, Landscape Ecology, Landscape Models, Restoration
Biography and Research Description: After working as a habitat biologist and restoration project manager in the desert southwest for 3 years, Tina Mozelewski returned to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. During her time in the desert southwest, Tina saw restoration projects being implemented without considering climate change, to the extreme detriment of the project. This inspired her to use forecast modeling to make more robust decisions about conservation strategies and habitat restoration.
Sudarshana Mukhopadhyay – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, NCSU
Poster Title: Water resources management in changing climate
Keywords: Bayesian Analysis, Hydroclimatology, Hydrological modelling, Optimization, Stochastic Hydrology, Water Resources Management
Biography and Research Description: Sudarshana Mukhopadhyay is a third year PhD student working with Prof. Sankar Arumugam in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering. She is interested in stochastic hydrological modeling that aims at efficiently using climate information in water resources management.
Sarah Parsons – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Entomology, NCSU
Poster Title: Stressed with pests: Can landscape design be used as a tool to reduce pests on urban trees?
Keywords: Climate Change, Landscape Design, Pest Management, Urban Ecology
Biography and Research Description: Sarah Parsons is a PhD candidate in Entomology at NC State University, where she is evaluating the effects of landscape design principles on pest management of urban trees in a warming climate. Formerly she worked as a sustainable landscape design consultant. Sarah has a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Emory University. She has aspirations to teach ecology and continue research on the effects of landscape design on urban ecosystems.
Emily Reed – 2nd year PhD Student in Biology, Department of Applied Ecology, NCSU
Poster Title: Urban dispersal of a highly invasive species
Keywords: Conservation, Landscape Genomics, Invasion Genetics, Mosquito, Urbanization
Biography and Research Description: Emily Reed received her BA in French from UNC-Asheville in 2014. She is now a graduate student in the Burford Reiskind lab, where she studies how the invasive Asian tiger mosquito disperses in urban and suburban environments using landscape genomics. She hopes to use her research to inform invasive species control and predict how mosquitoes will respond to future land-use change scenarios.
Georgina Sanchez – PhD Candidate, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
Poster Title: Forecasting Urbanization and Future Water Demands of a Rapidly Growing Megaregion
Keywords: Forecasting Urbanization and Water Demand, Geospatial Analysis, Water and Land Planning
Biography and Research Description: Georgina Sanchez is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Forestry & Environmental Research. Her research integrates land- and water-use planning as a means to inform more water-efficient urban development. Her goal is to create a product that helps local and regional entities understand the implications of their planning and development choices on future water demand, while also helping to understand the sensitivity of future regional water demand to likely patterns of urbanization and climate scenarios.
Matt Stillwagon – 3rd year PhD Student, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, NCSU
Poster Title: Long term trend of salinization in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary system
Keywords: Estuaries, GIS, Salinization, Saltwater intrusion, Sea Level Rise
Biography and Research Description: Matt Stillwagon is a 3rd year PhD student working with Dr Marcelo Ardón in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. His primary research focus is how sea level rise and saltwater intrusion impact biogeochemical cycles in coastal wetlands. Matt hopes to use this work to aid management decisions to preserve wetlands and coastal regions at large.