who we are

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Jacob Allgeier  

Assistant Professor 

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Michigan

jeallg "at" umich.edu


Jake is an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter ecosystem processes and the services that they provide.  His work is rooted in basic ecological theory, but motivated by increasing need for food security, particularly in coastal societies. 

Jake has won international acclaim for his ability to sit on porches, stoops, and random curbsides in any given country. 

Maximilian Hesselbarth (he/him/his)  - Postdoc

mhessel "at" umich.edu

Personal Homepage

Max is a computational ecologist interested especially in the spatially explicit characteristics of ecological processes. Max attended the University of Goettingen for his bachelor’s and master’s degree as well as his PhD. During his PhD research, Max used individual based simulation modelling and point pattern analysis to infer underlying ecological processes from spatial patterns. Furthermore, Max is an R enthusiast and author of several R packages. In his free time Max enjoys all different kinds of outdoor activities and almost all sports that involve a ball.



Bridget Shayka - PhD Student

bshayka "at" umich.edu

Bridget is a PhD student studying nutrient dynamics in tropical marine systems. She attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, and completed her masters at California State University, Northridge studying the impacts of nutrient runoff and ocean acidification on coral reef algae in Moorea, French Polynesia. Her PhD research at the University of Michigan is focused on the effects of nutrients on seagrass communities in the Caribbean and their carbon sequestration ability. Besides snorkeling and scuba diving, Bridget loves hiking and all other water-related activities.

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Katrina Munsterman - PhD Student

kmunster "at" umich.edu

Katrina is a PhD student interested in studying the role of fishes in ecosystem processes on disturbed coral reefs. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and spent nearly a decade researching herbivorous fishes in Moorea, French Polynesia. For her PhD research, she will be working with fishing communities in the Caribbean to better understand the impact of human alterations on ecosystem function. Katrina is a picnic enthusiast and can be found running or cycling, most likely accompanied by her dog, Bandit.


Samantha Iliff - PhD Student

siliff "at" umich.edu

Sammy is a PhD student studying community and ecosystem ecology in coastal marine systems. She completed her B.S. at Florida Atlantic University in marine biology and mathematics while researching the impacts of pesticide pollution on oyster reef communities for her thesis and studying deep water coral nurseries in Honolulu, HI as an undergraduate NOAA Hollings Scholar. Her PhD research is focused on invertebrates and the effects of habitat structure on energy flow through seagrass food webs. If she isn't underwater or in the mountains, Sammy enjoys playing volleyball, illustrating, and traveling the world in search of it's greatest sandwich. 


Anji Shakya - Masters Student

Anji is a master’s student interested in marine food web dynamics. She earned her B.S. from the University of California, San Diego where her thesis explored the foraging ecology of sea turtles using stable isotope analysis. Prior to starting her graduate studies, she worked monitoring fish populations of conservation concern in the San Francisco Estuary. Currently, her research focuses on the trophic interactions within reef systems, focusing on the distribution and dynamics of planktonic organisms. In her spare time, Anji enjoys cooking, exploring new cities, and being outdoors.

Emily Brines  - Undergraduate researcher 

Emily is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, studying Environment and Biology. She is particularly interested in research that pertains to fishery management and the policies that guide human behavior in response to ecosystem damage. Emily loves basically any outdoor activity, but especially including backpacking, scuba diving, skiing, and (attempting to) surf. She is a big animal lover, with a special soft spot for her pet horse named George.

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Lucinda  - Biogeochemist 

Lucinda loves cantaloupe.

She is the best. 

Lab Alumni


Tim Cline - postdoc


Kenzo Esquivel - MS Student 2017-2019


Mona Andskog - Lab Regulator and Bosslady 2018-2019

Lily Matlof

Undergrad Researcher 2019-2020

Brianna Westmoreland

Undergrad Researcher 2018

Patrick Lewis

Undergrad Researcher 2018-2019

Arin Yu

Undergrad Researcher 2019-2020