Sarah  Pease

Ph.D. Student

Email: [[skpease]]
Phone: (804) 684-7033
Office: Andrews Hall 419
Department: Aquatic Health Sciences
Advisor: {{,Dr. Juliette L. Smith}}


Master of Science: Marine Science, VIMS, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA, USA

Bachelor of Science: Biology, Minor in Environment, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada

Current Research

I am a Masters student and Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellow studying the toxin-producing harmful algal bloom (HAB) species, Alexandrium monilatum. Effective management of HABs within a region requires an understanding of species-specific HAB spatial and temporal distributions, bloom dynamics, as well as potential health impacts. In 2007, the southern Chesapeake Bay witnessed its first blooms of A. monilatum; since then, A. monilatum has bloomed in the region almost annually. A major part of my research involves evaluating the toxicity of A. monilatum and its impacts on oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and vertebrate health. I am also assessing the ecological dynamics of this species through monitoring blooms, mapping cysts (resting cell stage) in the sediments, and collecting water quality data to identify environmental drivers that could help us predict future blooms. {{, Read more about my project at Virginia Sea Grant's webpage.}}

{{, Read more about our recent local A. monilatum blooms at the Virginia Department of Health's website.}}


I have a broad range of scientific interests, which include: marine conservation, ecotoxicology, ecology, evolution and adaptation, as well as neuroscience. I enjoy working on projects that involve public outreach, communication of science, and collaboration with stakeholders and policy-makers.

In my free time I love to ski, sing opera, cook, and spend time with my friends and family.

Previous Research

2010-2011      Natural selection and female choice on evolutionary traits in the Trinidadian guppy
                        (Poecilia reticulata).
                        Co-Investigator: Marlee Jackson
                        Advisor: Dr. Andrew P. Hendry
2010               The basis for the establishment of a coastal marine park surrounding Isla Galeta.
                        Co-Investigator: Anna Swick-Coryell
                        Advisors: Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno and Rafael Samudio

Curriculum vitae

Sarah Pease CV