|Christopher Hein is an assistant professor in the VIMS Department of Physical Sciences. He received a B.S. from the Cornell University Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in 2003 and Ph.D. from Boston University in 2012. For the latter, Chris studied the role of changes in sea level and sediment supply on Holocene coastal evolution under the direction of Duncan FitzGerald. He then worked as a postdoctoral scholar under the supervision of Valier Galy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), studying the effects of climate change on terrestrial organic-carbon dynamics in the Ganges-Brahmaputra/Bengal Fan system since the Last Glacial Maximum. Chris is now working to apply the tools of sedimentology and organic chemistry to investigate the link between sediment-supply driven coastal evolution and past climatic variability in diverse coastal settings, with a goal of using this link to forecast future responses to regionally-specific climate changes.|
Julie Krask graduated from William & Mary in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in marine science. Julie’s undergraduate career culminated with her earning highest honors on her senior thesis project, which investigated how reactive metal-oxides mediate novel nitrogen cycling pathways in the coastal ocean. Prior to coming to VIMS, Julie worked as a research fellow at the National Cancer Institute examining a chief cellular mechanism involved in breast tumor formation. Additionally, her marine science research background includes work on the ecology of juvenile echinoderms and contaminant transport via groundwater advection in the Elizabeth River. Julie’s graduate work now focuses on investigating the relationship between variable patterns in coastal sediment deposition and sub-millennial scale climate change.
Justin Shawler graduated from William & Mary in May 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Government. Justin's interests in coastal geology stem from how it combines science with public policy implications related to federal, state, and local coastal management. Justin was a REU intern at VIMS in Summer 2015 and completed an honors on the human impacts on sediment supply to the Plum Island barrier system over the last several hundred years. As a graduate student at VIMS he is now studying the evolution of the barrier island systems of the Delmarva Peninsula.
Jennifer "the ripper" Connell is the Coastal Geology Laboratory and Research Specialist. She graduated from William & Mary in January 2017 with a major in Geology and minor, after completing a senior thesis focused on human impacts on marsh accretion in the Great Marsh, Plum Island, MA. Jenn has proven herself remarkably adept at all things lab and field, and is particularly efficient with an electric hacksaw . . .
Kate DeMarco is a senior in the William & Mary Geology Department. For her senior thesis project with the VIMS Coastal Geology Group she is focusing on the development of the Chinocteague - Assateague - Wallops island system in Virginia.
|Lauren Herbine is a senior in the William & Mary Geology Department. Her senior thesis work focuses on the role of storm overwash and barrier-backbarrier couplings on historical marsh accretion behind several of the Virginia barrier islands.|
|Andy Fallon (VIMS MSc, 2016) completed his masters at VIMS in December, 2015. Prior to his time here, Andy received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Earth Systems with a certificate in Coastal and Marine Science from the Five College system and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Andy's thesis focused on the monthly to decadal-scale cycles of erosion and accretion on Plum Island, Massachusetts and, in partnership with collaborator Porter Hoagland at WHOI, the impacts of coastal erosion on property values.|
|Sarah Baker (W&M BS, 2017) graduated from William & Mary with a major in geology. Sarah rediscovered her love of the ocean after spending a semester studying marine science onboard a ship in the South Pacific. She completed her senior thesis studying erosion on Plum Island Point / Reservation Terrace, in Plum Island, MA.|
|Kallie Brown (W&M BS, 2016) graduated from William & Mary with a degree in geology. Kallie currently worked at the Center for Coastal Resources Management at VIMS, and part-time in the Coastal Geology Lab mapping marsh area changes on the Delmarva Peninsula. She is now completing her masters thesis at Old Dominion University.|
|Luiza Caminada was a volunteer in the VIMS Coastal Geology lab during the summer of 2015 when she worked on a study of marsh accretion rates in the Great Marsh, MA This followed a year of study at Montclair State University as part of a study abroad / internship program from her native Brazil.
|Charlie Deaton (W&M BS, 2015) graduated from William & Mary with majors in Geology and Environmental Science & Policy. Charlie's senior research project focused on the relationship between barrier-island migration and relative backbarrier sedimentation rates as derived from backbarrier marsh and tidal flat areas, and the impact of accelerated sea-level rise on those relationships; this work was published in Geology in December 2016. Charlie is now a masters student in the Rodriguez Lab at the University of North Carolina.|
|Luis Henrique Polido de Souza is a graduate student at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in southern Brazil and was an intern (May - Oct 2014) with the VIMS Coastal Geology lab. His primary undergraduate thesis focuses on marine phosphate deposits in southern Brazil under supervision of Prof Dr. José Gustavo Natorf de Abreu. Luis' primary study with the VIMS Coastal Geology group was on basin infilling at Tijucas Strandplain, Brazil, earning him co-authorship on publications in Sedimentology and Coastal Sediments Proceedings.|
|Haley Gannon (W&M BS, 2015) graduated from William & Mary with a major in Environmental Geology and minor in Environmental Science & Policy. For her senior research, Haley mapped changes in shoreline positions of Plum Island over the past 150 years, work for which she earned co-authorship on a Coastal Sediments Proceedings paper. Following a stint at Disney, Haley now works at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.|
|Brody Marino (W&M BS, 2016) graduated from William & Mary with majors in Geology and Government, and minoring in Marine Science. Growing up near the Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Banks, beaches have always interested Brody. His senior thesis project investigated the spatial and temporal scales of sediment reworking from the Merrimack River along Plum Island and nearby barriers.|
|Jessica Raff (W&M BS, 2017) graduated from William & Mary following completion of an honors thesis with the VIMS Coastal Geology group. She studied the evolution of Parramore Island, VA and the role that changes in sea level and sediment supply have played in late Holocene change. Jess is now a graduate student in the Goodbred Lab at Vanderbilt University.|
|Claudia Shuman was a graduate student at VIMS from 2014-2016, during which time she investigated barrier island dynamics and sediment fluxes along the northeastern coast of the United States. A graduate from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware, Claudia previously had completd a masters degree on the denitrification in a shallow aquifer beneath an active agricultural field on the Delmarva Peninsula.|
|Rebecca Whitney was a Summer 2016 REU intern with the VIMS Coastal Geology group and an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry at Elmira College. Rebecca is from "Downeast" Maine, on the coast of Washington County, and has strong backgrounds and interests in coastal ecology and chemistry from her childhood in a coastal area. As an REU intern, Rebecca worked with Chris Hein and Liz Canuel to analyze organic carbon and nitrogen markers in soil samples from Plum Island.|