Meet the Community Science Team!
Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) DeMattia (BA, MEM, PhD): is the lead Research Scientist for the DUML Community Science Initiative. Liz has more than 20 years experience conducting ecological research and developing environmental outreach for community-based conservation programs; and is excited to work with our researchers, teachers and students to create community science programs and activities.
Rett Newton: Rett is a graduate student volunteer with the DUML Community Science Initiative. As a student and Program Manager of the Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab, Rett is studying how to use drones to detect and identify marine debris in our coastal ecosystems. As a native of Beaufort, NC, Rett is passionate about protecting the coast and keeping our waters and beaches free of marine debris. He has also been very active in discussing water quality issues and initiatives with local schools, civic groups, and government officials. Fun fact- Rett is the newly elected mayor of Beaufort!
Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Cassandra Nieman (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019) Cassandra studied Applied Biology and Spanish at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, before pursuing a graduate degree in Coastal Environmental Management at Duke University. She is interested in examining interactions between coastal communities and their environment with a specific focus on marine debris pollution and recreational fishing for food. In order to achieve a balance of natural and social science, she aims to engage community members in science and the research that affects them.
Ali Boden (Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019) Ali is a pursuing a masters student studying Coastal Environmental Management, with a focus on the coastal environment, at the Duke Marine Lab. Prior to graduate school, she studied Supply Chain Management & Sustainability at Arizona State University, and worked as a Supply Chain Analyst for PepsiCo. She is interested in sustainable tourism practices, the effects of marine pollution (plastic and chemical) on marine life, and ways to communicate research to the greater public.
Annie Harshbarger (Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019): Annie is an undergraduate student (Class of 2019) studying environmental sciences and biology. She is also researching the applications of drone technology for monitoring the health of feral horse populations in eastern North Carolina.
Anna Windle (Spring 2018, Summer 2018): Anna is a masters student studying coastal environmental management at the Duke Marine Lab. She is researching the effects of light pollution on nesting sea turtles in North Carolina. As a Maryland native, Anna’s future plans include using her skills and knowledge to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Anjali Boyd (Fall 2017, Summer 2018) Anjali Boyd is a Marine Science (B.S.) and Spanish minor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, who spent the fall semester studying at the Duke Marine Lab. At Eckerd, she is extremely active on campus from extracurricular activities (such as Editor-in-Chief of Feedback Magazine, Founder and past President of the Marine Science Club, SEVENSEAS Ocean Ambassador, a member of the Multicultural Council, and more) and volunteering, to participating in numerous research projects. Anjali plans to obtain a PhD in marine ecology, and contribute important literature to her field. Additionally, she aspires to own and operate her own research laboratory and field station to educate students, especially minorities, through outreach programs, on the marine environment.
Elizabeth Nowlin (Fall 2017, Summer 2018) Elizabeth, a native of eastern North Carolina, is a Duke undergraduate student majoring in environmental science and policy with a marine science and conservation leadership certificate and a biology minor. Her studies focus on the current and historical interactions between humans, wildlife, and the environment. Elizabeth intends to pursue a higher degree of education after undergrad. She hopes to incorporate her passion for teaching and community engagement in her future profession. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys playing ultimate frisbee.
Jackie McGarry (Spring 2018, Fall 2017): Jackie is a 2nd year MEM student studying coastal environmental management. She has particular research interests in the local impacts of ocean acidification and understanding coastal communities’ relationship with their environment. Jackie graduated from American University in 2013 with a double major in biology and film and media arts. Afterward, she served as a digital specialist at Ocean Conservancy for three years. When she’s not knee deep in a salt marsh, Jackie enjoys photography, baking, and going for walks with her beagle, Rodney.
Alaina Young (Spring 2018, Fall 2017): Alaina is a second-year MEM degree candidate with a concentration in Coastal Environmental Management. She is currently researching the northern range of bottlenose dolphins sighted in the Outer Banks, and hopes to work in marine mammal ecology and conservation upon graduating in May.
Sam Burdick (Spring 2018): Samantha is a North Carolina native and a Coastal Environmental Management student at the Duke Marine Lab. Her studies focus on coastal resiliency, water quality, and marine debris. Sam is working on her master’s project with the NC Coastal Reserve assessing the long-term effects of bulkheads on salt marshes. Samantha hopes to pursue a career on the Crystal Coast in which she can apply her background and expertise.
Anjali Boyd (Fall 2017) Anjali Boyd is a Marine Science (B.S.) and Spanish minor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, who spent the fall semester studying at the Duke Marine Lab. At Eckerd, she is extremely active on campus from extracurricular activities (such as Editor-in-Chief of Feedback Magazine, Founder and past President of the Marine Science Club, SEVENSEAS Ocean Ambassador, a member of the Multicultural Council, and more) and volunteering, to participating in numerous research projects. Anjali plans to obtain a PhD in marine ecology, and contribute important literature to her field. Additionally, she aspires to own and operate her own research laboratory and field station to educate students, especially minorities, through outreach programs, on the marine environment.
Adrienne Hewitt (Summer 2017): Adrienne is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and will graduate in May 2018. Her future goals include obtaining a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability and ultimately working with businesses to reduce their environmental impacts by adopting more sustainable business models.
Flurina Boslough (Summer 2017): Flurina is an undergraduate student (Class of 2020) studying mechanical engineering.