2014 SES student, Leena Vilonen, returned to MBL in 2016 as a SES TA. Credit: A. Maksym

SES Alumni

SES Alumnae, Alana, Ruby and Erin from the Class of 2014, 2015, and 2016 all were employed as RAs to conduct research at the Arctic LTER at Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Credit: Jon Gewirtzman

SES Alumnae, Alana’14, Ruby ’15 and Erin ’16 are employed as RAs to conduct research at the Arctic LTER at Toolik Field Station in Alaska. Credit: Jon Gewirtzman

Beyond SES

SES graduates are making an ever larger contribution to the field of environmental science and policy. About half of SES alumni go on to professional or graduate school in fields related to environmental and climate science, scientific research or policy. More than a dozen of our former students are in tenure track faculty positions at colleges and universities around the nation. In addition to science and education, our alums are currently working in fields such as environmental law, public health, engineering, science journalism and even emissions trading. Many return each year as SES Teaching Assistants, the SES Recruiter, or Research Assistant positions at the MBL or at our field stations such as Harvard Forest LTER or the Arctic LTER. Alumni who have not completed advanced degrees are employed in technical or support positions in science, work for non-governmental organizations or government agencies, are environmental consultants or environmental educators.



SES Alumni Classes 2002 – present



SES Alumni Represented (as authors or co-authors) at National and International Scientific Conferences

2018 Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Annual Meeting, Denver, CO

  • Emily Geoghegan, 2015. Nitrogen enrichment alters carbon fluxes in a New England Salt Marsh; Warming accelerates mangrove expansion and surface elevation gain in a subtropical wetland.

2017 Fall CERF (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation) Meeting, Providence, RI

  • Anika Aarons, 2011. Ecological succession and delta development: patterns in soil content along a coastal deltaic floodplain chronosequence; Visualizing an emergent coastal deltaic floodplain chronosequence.
  • Benjamin Fertig, 2001. Data-centric strategies for estuarine and coastal management.
  • Sarah Foster, 2004. Impacts of low oxygen on sediment biogeochemical fluxes in a shallow, temperate estuary.
  • Christopher Freeman, 2002. A standardized experimental approach to compare components of resiliency in marine benthic communities.
  • Emily Geoghegan, 2015. Chronic nutrient enrichment alters blue carbon pools and processes.
  • Kelsey Gosselin, 2013 & Amanda Spivak, 1999. The effects of removing tidal restrictions on the biogeochemistry of salt marshes restored over 14y; Impact of tidal restoration on vertical accretion and carbon storage in salt marsh ecosystems.
  • Melanie Hayn, 2003. Effects of eutrophication on seagrass habitat, biogeochemical cycling, and carbon storage in West Falmouth Harbor; Beyond blue carbon: broadening the context for carbon studies in seagrass ecosystems; Patterns in monitoring data reflect biogeochemical controls on nitrogen trends in a shallow coastal bay.
  • Ellen Herbert, 2005. Quantifying the exchange of carbon between coastal habitats; Modeling carbon exchanges between bay, marsh and upland systems under accelerated sea level; Using species-specific data to improve landscape-scale predictions of marsh response to sea level rise; The shape we’re in: Geomorphology and hydrodynamics influence rates of salt marsh carbon burial.
  • Amanda Spivak, 1999. Coastal vegetated habitats as carbon sinks-sources in a changing world.
  • Amanda Spivak, 1999 & Kenly Hiller, 2009. Does the addition of nitrate stimulate decomposition of organic matter in salt marsh sediments?
  • Allison Tucker, 2015. Nitrate removal from groundwater entering an estuary by a wood-chip permeable reactive barrier: long-term performance.
  • Rebecca Weidman, 1997. A framework for development of estuary specific dissolved oxygen criteria in Massachusetts.

2017 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting, Portland, OR

  • Andrew Forbes, 2001. Pollinator services in fragmented landscapes: Variation in wild bee community composition between farms and prairies.
  • Amalia Handler, 2011. Effects of geomorphic variation on transient storage in a desert stream.
  • Johanna Jensen, 2012. Characterizing the structural growth environment of successfully established spruce seedlings at northern treeline using lidar remote sensing.
  • Fiona Jevon, 2011. Tree species identity and diversity influence soil respiration in a mixed temperate forest; Mycorrhizal communities and tree diversity effects on forest soil respiration.
  • Pamela Moriarty, 2009. The effect of hypoxia on energy flow in an estuarine fjord.
  • Noam Ross, 2004. (Workshop organizer from EcoHealth Alliance) Fitting non-linear models in R with the mgcv package.
  • Courtney Shannon, 2005. Black oystercatcher population estimate and reproductive success on Oregon’s coast and in the Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Areas.
  • Lauren Shoemaker, 2009. Quantifying the strength of coexistence in experimental metacommunities with different dispersal rates.
  • Megan Wheeler, 2011. Nutrient enrichment alters annual plant community composition in the northern Sonoran Desert

2016 Fall AGU (American Geophysical Union) Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Kelsey Gosselin, 2013. Exploring the chemical composition of pelagic tar collected in the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Megan Wheeler, 2011. Residential soil water model evaluation to improve outdoor water use recommendations in Phoenix, AZ
  • Genevieve Noyce, 2007. Coastal wetland carbon sequestration in a warmer climate
  • William Daniels, 2006. Paleolimnologic and modeling perspectives on the physical and ecological sensitivity of Arctic tundra lakes to temperature changes
  • Ellen Herbert, 2005. Robbing Peter to pay Paul: Modeling the dynamic evolution of the coastal carbon sink across multiple landforms
  • William Longo, 2005. Differential millennial-scale responses of terrestrial carbon cycling dynamics to warming from two contrasting lake catchments in Arctic Alaska; A comprehensive reconstruction of Alaskan Arctic fire history over the last 30,000 years as inferred from a novel multi-proxy suite of organic geochemical and paleoecological methodology; Discovery of a novel alkenone-producing haptophyte in freshwater and oligosaline lakes marks a new era for quantitative paleotemperature reconstruction; The widespread distribution of a Group I alkenone-producing haptophyte: Implications for quantitative temperature reconstructions
  • Caitlin Hicks Pries, 2003. Changes in root decomposition rates across soil depths; Soil carbon dynamics: models and experiments investigating controls on soil organic matter vulnerability in dynamic landscapes
  • Claire Treat, 2003. Past peatland distribution as an indicator of hydroclimate and temperature; Changes in belowground C that accompany ecosystem shifts: an approach to constraining depth, timing, and magnitudes of soil change; Strategizing a comprehensive laboratory protocol to determine the decomposability of soil organic matter in permafrost
  • Carmody McCalley, 2001. Natural wetlands and open waters in the global methane cycle: Modeling, observations, syntheses, and challenges; Using carbon isotopes of methane from porewater to understand methane emissions across a permafrost thaw gradient ; Influence of vegetation on methane metabolism in Subarctic Lakes; Tracking organic carbon transport from the Stordalen Mire to Glacial Lake Tornetrask, Abisko, Sweden; Linking discharge to carbon transport within an Arctic stream network in Stordalen Mire, Abisko, Sweden
  • Kyle Whittinghill, 2001. Influence of precipitation, vegetation type, and fire severity on post-fire vegetation recovery in Colorado ecosystems from 1985-2014
  • David Butman, 1999. Inland waters and the North American carbon cycle ; Mapping the impact of river regulation on carbon dynamics using coupled field surveys and remotely-sensed optical properties; From solid to liquid: Assessing the release of carbon from soil into solution in response to forest management; State of the carbon cycle – consequences of rising atmospheric CO2 ; Similarity of stream width distributions across headwater systems
  • Amanda Spivak, 1999. Carbon burial in salt marshes following tidal restriction: A case study from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
  • Amy Townsend-Small, 1997. Constraining the abundance of high emitters is critical to mitigating the effect of abandoned oil and gas wells on methane emissions; Are the Laurentian Great Lakes a CO2 source or sink?; Quantification of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from wastewater collection systems (Cincinnati, Ohio)

2016 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Lauren Shoemaker, 2009. A simulation approach for estimating the strength of stabilizing spatial coexistence mechanisms in complex models
  • Cora Johnston, 2006. Community structure emerges across scales in a dynamic, patchy landscape
  • Ellen Herbert, 2005. Considering the effects of multiple stressors when predicting the fate and persistence of blue carbon; Shrinking stems of marsh plant under elevated carbon dioxide; SALTEx: Seawater Addition Long Term Experiment: Testing the effects of press versu pulse addition of saltwater intrusion using a manipulative, replicated field experiment
  • Amanda Spivak, 1999. Impact of tidal restoration on greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon storage in salt marsh ecosystems; Salt marsh restoration in Massachusetts: The changes of Greenhouse Gas emissions across 10 yr chronosequence sites

2015 Fall AGU (American Geophysical Union) Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Benjamin Henry, 2014. Restoration of tidal flow to impounded salt marsh exerts mixed effect on leaf litter decomposition
  • Sarah Nalven, 2011. Seasonal changes in diversity and metabolic potential of freshwater microbial communities in an Arctic lake
  • Brendan O’Leary, 2010. Identification and influence of spatial outliers in air quality measurements
  • Richard Brereton, 2007. Stream ammonium uptake across scales in headwater catchments of a tropical rainforest, Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico
  • Genevieve Noyce, 2007. Seedling growth and phosphorus cycling in northern forest soils amended with biochar and wood ash
  • William Daniels, 2006. Deglacial warming and wetting of northern Alaska; Seasonally distinct reconstructions of northern Alaskan temperature variability since the last glacial maximum
  • Claire Treat, 2003. Cryoturbation, peat accumulation, and gleying: do these processes affect soil carbon distribution within permafrost profile; Here today, gone tomorrow? Using contrasting peatland histories to determine fate of permafrost carbon with future climate change and permafrost thaw
  • Caitlin Hicks Pries, 2003. Invariant temperature sensitivity of soil respiration with depth; The bio-accessibility of synthetic Fe-Organo complexes in subsurface soil with elevated temperature: a proxy for the vulnerability of mineral associated carbon to warming
  • Carmody McCalley, 2001. Long-term data on δ13C-CH4 emissions elucidate drivers of CH4 metabolism in temperate and northern wetlands; Using vegetation cover type to predict and scale peatland methane dynamics.
  • David Butman, 1999. Aquatic carbon fluxes from the conterminous US and Alaska; Aquatic carbon fluxes from the conterminous US and Alaska; Organic matter as an integrated signal of climate and land use change from source to sea; Organic matter as an integrated signal of climate and land use change from source to sea II
  • Amy Townsend-Small, 1997. Carbon cycling-climate change feedback of thawing permafrost in Arctic Alaskan lakes: monitoring methane emissions; Characterizing methane emissions and sources from abandoned oil and gas wells in the United States; Estimating emissions of toxic hydrocarbons from natural gas production sites in the Barnett Shale region; Holocene Age methane and carbon dioxide dominate northern Alaska thaw lake emissions; Hydrogen stable isotopic constraints on methane emissions from oil and gas extraction in the Colorado Front Range, USA; Relative contributions of hypoxia and natural gas production and transport to methane emissions from Lake Erie

2015 Fall CERF (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation) Meeting, Portland, OR

  • Kelsey Gosselin, 2013. Sediment properties and burial rates in shallow saltwater ponds within a temperate salt marsh
  • Anika Aarons, 2011. Patterns of soil nutrient stoichiometry across age and elevation gradients in a coastal deltaic floodplain
  • Cynthia Troy, 2011. Controls on nitrous oxide production in soils and sediments: the role of physicochemical stress
  • Lena Weiss, 2011. Modeling participation in citizen science: recreational fishermen in Massachusetts
  • Kenly Hiller, 2009. Denitrification and nitrous oxide production in permeable reactive barriers
  • Lindsay Schwarting-Miller, 2007. Oyster restoration along Louisiana’s coast: multi-year and site importance to sustainability and ecosystem services
  • Cora Johnston, 2006. Overshooting the frontier: mismatch between expanding mangroves and their inhabitants
  • Ellen Herbert, 2005. Correction of tidal marsh digital elevation models and modeling marsh resilience; and Sulfur biogeochemistry overlooked in salinization impact on coastal freshwater wetlands
  • Melanie Hayn, 2003. Inter-annual changes in eelgrass beds monitored with side scan sonar and digital aerial imagery; The influence of coastal oceans and seas on nutrient limitation in estuaries; and An exploration of using stable isotopes to better understand the response of seagrasses to eutrophication
  • Christopher Freeman, 2002. Epifaunal trophic structure within the Indian River Lagoon of central Florida; Can oysters (Crassotrea virginica) and quahogs (Mercenaria mercenaria) clean the Indian River Lagoon (FL)?
  • Jason Krumholz, 2000. Is our triage process broken? A review of fisheries literature.; Environmental and management goal setting for the Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan; and Assessing habitat status and restoration goals in an urban estuary: Long Island Sound
  • Amanda Spivak, 1999. Seasonal biogeochemical dynamics in shallow saltwater ponds in a temperate salt marsh