Associate Professor at UW Friday Harbor Labs and College of Forest Resources, UW Botanic Gardens, and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Sandy publishes widely in the field of seagrass science. Current research is focused on long-term ecological evaluation of San Juan Archipelago seagrass species; Zostera marina, Z. japonica and Phyllospadix scouleri. Sandy is also developing an environmental education program on board Washington State Ferries to support the goals of the Puget Sound Partnership.
Michael Hannam – PhD. Student
Michael investigates the influence of multiple scales of topography on distribution and interaction of a native (Zostera marina) and an introduced (Zostera japonica) seagrass. He employs observation and experiment to relate vegetation patterns to centimeter-scale topography derived from ground-based Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). He also examines kilometer to meter-scale topograpic relationship to seagrasses, using annual monitoring data collected by the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
Frederick (Ricky) Dooley – Masters Student
Ricky Dooley is investigating the processes of breaking dormancy in Zostera marina, i.e. what causes germination, and what physiological mechanisms are involved (hormones, permeability, environmental factors, etc.) He is also interested in the physiological responses of Z. marina to different stresses, particularly exposure to hydrogen sulfide.
Ginger Shoemaker – Ph.D. Student
Ginger is working to describe the endophyte community that symbiotically inhabits the rhizomes of three Washington seagrasses, the native Zostera marina and Phyllospadix scouleri and the non-native Zostera japonica. Other area of research include testing how the relationship between the dominant rhizomal endophyte and the native seagrass Zostera marina affects the ability of the seagrass to survive elevated water temperatures and how the rhizomal endophyte community of Zostera marina varies in situ, by season.
Helen Ford – Masters Student
A student in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Helen’s interests lie in the conservation and ecology of near shore marine ecosystems. The focus of her research is on plankton communities surrounding shellfish aquaculture sites along the west coast of Canada and the United States. She is investigating the trophic footprint of shellfish farms in various oceanographic regions.
Kristy Kull – Research Tech
Kristy Kull is working for the Seagrass Lab on projects with the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. These investigations include monitoring water conditions at the National Parks on either end of San Juan Island and in marine lagoons, as well as tracking seasonal growth rates in experimental seagrass plants.
Lillian Smith – Blinks Scholar (Oakwood University)
Sarah Weisner – Research Experience for Undergraduates program (UW)
Devon is a psychology student at Fairhaven College at Western Washington University. He has worked at the Seagrass Lab for four years in various capacities, including creating a video overview of the research done at Seagrass Lab and filming seagrass area growth on fixed transects in a multi-year longitudinal study.
Graham Crawbuck – Spring Street International School
A San Juan Island native, Graham is a student at Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor and grandson of a former Friday Harbor Labs researcher. At the Seagrass Lab he’s hard at work grinding dried seagrass samples to help Sandy find out if there have been temperature related changes in the nutritional content of Zostera marina.