Julia Mackin-McLaughlin

Marine Scientist

Email: [[v|jamackinmclaughlin]]
Phone: (804) 684-7740
Office: Andrews Hall 334C
Department: Biological Sciences

Interests

Coastal systems, invertebrates (especially echinoderms), marine flora, diving

Education
  • M.S. Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, ongoing
  • B.S Marine Biology, University of Maine, 2017
Current Projects
  • Currently, I work in the Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab (CEEL) to help understand seagrass bed ecology. Primarily, duties include fieldwork and laboratory operations to achieve this goal.
  • My Master's thesis utilizes habitat mapping techniques to model dominant benthic flora and fauna found along the coast of Placentia Bay, a southern embayment of the Island of Newfoundland within Atlantic Canada. I can tell you the likely makeup of dominant assemblages of benthic invertebrates, as well as what environmental conditions control their distribution. In addition, I look at the distribution of two macroalgae groups (Agarum clathratum and non-geniculate coralline algae), which persist even under herbivorous pressure by green sea urchins.