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DR. SARAH W. DAVIES

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Sarah hails from Canada and her path to Boston University took her through University of Victoria, University of Calgary, UT Austin and, UNC Chapel Hill. She is largely interested in understanding why some organisms are winners and others are losers, and what this means in the context of rapidly changing environments. Sarah lives for travel, nerding out, Halloween, brewery tastings, and now she enjoys experiencing all of these things (minus the beer) with her daughter Kingsley.

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HANNY E. RIVERA

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE LECTURER
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Hanny is a current PhD candidate in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Biology. She will be joining the Davies Lab in January 2019 as a postdoctoral associate/lecturer in the Biology Department. Her work focuses on thermotolerance in corals and anemones. Stay tuned for updates on her work at BU!

 

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NICOLA KRIEFALL

PhD STUDENT

While earning her B.A. in Biological Sciences at Hunter College in New York, Nicola joined many different molecular biology and marine ecology labs, which included work with fish, crabs, snails, and squid. Now she’s excited to combine molecular and ecological research as the first graduate student in the Davies Lab, using genomic analyses to ask: how do divergent local environments influence the population structures of corals and their symbionts? Outside of the lab, Nicola spends her time scuba diving, learning new languages, and sometimes doing absolutely nothing.

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HANNAH AICHELMAN

PhD STUDENT

Hannah comes to the Davies Lab after completing a B.S. in Environmental Science at UNC Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Biology at Old Dominion University in the Barshis Lab. Her M.S. thesis focused on understanding adaptation of the temperate coral Astrangia poculata to distinct temperatures across the species’ range. She looks forward to continuing to explore coral resilience and responses to rapid climate change using both physiological and molecular tools at BU. When she’s not nerding out about science, Hannah enjoys backpacking, sailing, and traveling to find delicious food and new breweries.

DANIEL WUITCHIK

PhD STUDENT

Daniel received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Victoria, during which he got his first aquarium and realized he really likes coral. This interest led him to work in larger public aquaria across Canada as an aquarium biologist. He then completed a M.Sc. in Ecology at the University of Calgary under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Vize. Daniel’s M.Sc. research focused on the genetic responses of coral to a variety of environmental cues. Outside of research, Dan enjoys fly fishing and adventuring with his dog.

JAMES FIFER

PhD STUDENT

James obtained his B.S. in Psychology at Trinity College and a M.S. in Biology at the University of Guam in the Raymundo Lab. His interest in coral started from a restoration perspective, working for several coral restoration programs in the Florida Keys, Dominican Republic and Guam. He has since shifted towards a molecular ecology focus, examining the molecular processes that underlie adaptation and stress responses in coral. James also enjoys listening to philosophy podcasts, arguing about movies, reading sci fi, and supporting Boston sports- he loves Tom Brady and doesn’t care who knows it.

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OLIVIA NIEVES

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Olivia is from Middleton, MA and is a rising sophomore at Boston University, currently studying biochemistry and molecular biology. In lab, she’s helping to prepare symbiont samples for DNA sequencing from the 2017 Florida Keys trip following Hurricane Irma. She plays on BU women’s rugby team and in her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and reading.

 

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LAUREN KNASIN

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Lauren is a rising sophomore majoring in Marine Science and is from Cranston, Rhode Island. Coming from the Ocean State, it is fitting that her passion is the ocean and marine life. In her free time, Lauren enjoys doing community service, eating, spending time with her dog, as well as traveling, preferably somewhere tropical.


 

LAURA TSANG

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Laura is majoring in Marine Science and minoring in Biology. Growing up along the beaches of New Jersey, she has always had an interest in collecting seashells and studying marine life. She is currently learning how to extract DNA from corals and analyzing their relationships with symbiotic algae. Outside of the lab, she plays for the BU women’s waterpolo team and enjoys swimming, exploring and reading.

 

JACK WELDON

HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCHER

Jack Weldon is a high school student at Belmont Hill School working in the Advanced Science Research Program. Pursuing an interest in marine biology, he works as a lab intern in order to gain experience and ability in the field of research. Having worked with chlorophyll assays, he is currently developing a project of his own.

 

CHARLIE COURTEMANCHE

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Charlie is a rising Sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Marine Science. He grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut and has been Sailing competitively for most of his life, so he is used to being around the water. However, his favorite sport to watch and play is soccer, and he is on an intramural team at BU. Charlie hope’s to conduct research on the relationship between specific coral species (Breaching and Encrusting) and turf algae and how they react at differing pH levels in the water. In his free time you can find him at Chipotle or playing Fifa.

 

ALEXA HUZAR

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Alexa is a current junior majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is from Pennsylvania but even though she grew up in a landlocked state, she has always loved to be by the ocean. Her focus in the lab is studying how symbiotic algae is affected by changing ocean temperatures. Outside of school, she is a member of Beta Psi Omega and enjoys volunteering with them or relaxing with a good book.

 

KATIE GREENE

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

Katie is a current sophomore majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She is from Atlanta, Georgia, but spent much of her childhood along the Georgia coast. In the lab, she studies the impact of S. marcescens on coral populations. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hammocking on the Esplanade and hiking with the BU Outing Club.