who we are
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 - Postdoc
Max is a computational ecologist especially interested in spatial 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.
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
Samantha is a PhD student studying community and applied ecology. She completed her B.S. at Florida Atlantic University majoring in marine biology and minoring in mathematics. For her undergraduate thesis research, she examined the impacts of pesticide pollution on oyster reef communities, and as an undergraduate NOAA Hollings Scholar, she worked with NOAA's Restoration Center to establish and study deep water coral nurseries in Honolulu, HI. As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, her PhD research is focused on the top-down and bottom-up drivers of coral recruitment. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball, ruining group photos, disc golfing, 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.
Lucinda - Biogeochemist
Lucinda loves cantaloupe.
She is the best.
Tim Cline - postdoc
Kenzo Esquivel - MS Student 2017-2019
Mona Andskog - Lab Regulator and Bosslady 2018-2019
Undergrad Researcher 2019-2020
Undergrad Researcher 2018
Undergrad Researcher 2018-2019
Undergrad Researcher 2019-2020