Kinsey earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015, as well as a M.S. degree in Biology in 2018. Prior to graduate school, she studied the macroinvertebrate community structure of wetlands in southeastern Oklahoma. For her master’s, she conducted research on Grand Cayman Island studying the ecology and coastal migration patterns of land crabs. As a Ph.D. student, Kinsey is interested in topics related to predator-prey dynamics, seascape ecology, and conservation management.
Spencer received his B.S. in Environmental Studies ('14) and M.S. in Biology ('17) from Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating, he worked with Dr. Paul Bukaveckas at VCU as a river & estuarine ecology research assistant studying water quality, harmful algal blooms and carbon cycling in the James, York, Pamunkey and Mattaponi rivers. Spencer is now pursuing a PhD in the Pace lab and is broadly interested in ecosystem metabolism, harmful algal blooms, and food web dynamics.
Michael's introduction to research occurred when he spent a summer on an uninhabited Maine island where he developed methods to census nesting seabirds using UAVs (drones). He subsequently conducted research in Costa Rica and completed his undergraduate thesis with the SBC LTER group at UC Santa Barbara on the secondary productivity of beach invertebrates. During this time he also worked as first mate on a research vessel operated by his undergraduate institution the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. He graduated with a B.A.
I am pursuing a MS in Ecology with Dr. Howard Epstein. My research is focused on how invasive species (specifically Buckthorn) affect the composition, regeneration, and characteristics of early successional forests. Dahurian Buckthorn is a shrub/small tree species that has taken over large areas of regenerating forests at Blandy Experimental Farm. In areas where Dahurian Buckthorn dominates, there is little to no native woody plant regeneration. I am working to find the driver(s) behind Buckthorn's invasive properties through field measurements and greenhouse experiments.
My research employs a combination of observational, comparative and experimental methods to explore a wide range of subjects on the biogeography, ecology and genetics of mammalian populations. My colleagues and I recently completed a series of studies on non-lethal ways to reduce the impact of over-abundant mammalian predators (i.e., raccoons and red foxes) on under-abundant threatened colonial and beach-nesting waterbirds on the Virginia barrier islands.