Tiffany G. Troxler, Ph.D., PI
Chris Silivan, B. Sc., Research Assistant
I’m originally from North Texas and am happy to be here in South Florida in such a diverse environment. I’ve always been fascinated by science, the environment and sustainability, but I didn’t pursue it as an occupation until recently. Changing careers was a difficult decision, but I haven’t regretted it once. I’m passionate about Baseball (Boston Strong!) and English Football (Liverpool F.C. – You’ll Never Walk Alone!). I enjoy spending time with my family – especially at the beach. I’m always down for a cold beer and an interesting conversation. One of my goals is to get SCUBA certified and hunt lionfish.
Adam Hines, B. Sc., Field Manager
In my free time I enjoy kayaking, biking, cooking, and enjoying discovering the wonder of life unfolding.
Emily Standen, B. Sc., Senior Lab Technician
Science has always been my passion and while I grew up in Michigan, I always imagined myself pursuing a career in science in Florida. I guess dreams do come true! I love living in South Florida and enjoy taking advantage of the numerous days of sunshine by lounging at the beach or going for a hike. I received my B.Sc. in Zoology from Michigan State University and am finishing my M.S in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. The Everglades are a unique and beautiful ecosystem and I’m thrilled to be part Dr. Troxler’s research to help better understand the dynamics of this valuable part of Florida’s environment.
Oliver Ljustina, B. Sc., Research Assistant
Raised in South Florida, I feel fortunate have grown up in such a beautiful place. I’m an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and consider this place paradise! I received my bachelors in biology from Florida International University in December 2014 and intend on pursuing graduate studies in the field of herpetology. Working with the Troxler lab has provided me an excellent opportunity to do exciting field work, and learn about all aspects of ecological processes and experimental design. I also work with Dr. Jennifer Richards here at FIU helping to study the invasive old world fern, Lygodium. Through my work, I hope to one day become a well-rounded professional ecologist.
Ben Wilson, M. S., Graduate Student Ph. D.
I graduated with a M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alabama at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. I’m broadly interested in ecosystem carbon and nutrient cycling, with particular curiosity in blue carbon sources and sinks and how global climate change may effect these. My dissertation work at FIU is focusing on carbon cycling and plant physiological responses to saltwater intrusion in the coastal Everglades. In my free time I like to bike, travel, cook, brew, and swim. http://students.fiu.edu/~bwils034/
Daniel Virden, B. Sc., Graduate Student M.S.
I completed my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA I am broadly interested in wetland preservation and restoration. My research is focused ecosystem services of restored mangrove ecosystems to better understand trade-offs between carbon storage, storm protection, and wildlife habitat provided by mangroves in South Florida. I am also supporting the Troxler lab’s long-term monitoring efforts through water sample collections, file maintenance, and data visualization support in ArcGIS. When away from the lab, biking and birding bring me joy.
Marbelys Garriga, B. Sc., Research Assistant
I received my Bachelors in Biology from FIU in 2015. I plan to further my education in the field of Environmental Sciences. Although I am not originally from South Florida, I’ve been enjoying its outdoors since I moved here by hiking, scuba diving, and camping as much as possible. Now, I can only hope to help this beautiful and unique ecosystem so that future generations can enjoy it as much as I do.
Frank Skiff, Research Assistant
Throughout my life I have always had a passion to help out the world. I was originally born in the Bronx, NY, raised in Melbourne FL, and moved to Miami to further my career as a Biology major at FIU; I am currently in my senior year. I am interested in finding methods to better understand and aid the environment. I also own a science-based clothing line, Absence of Clothing, and donate half its profits to various charities.
Laura Bauman, M. S., Senior Lab Technician
I am a research assistant/senior lab tech in Dr. Troxler’s lab, with most of my time dedicated to the Seagrant Peat Collapse Project. I feel very lucky to live and work in Key Largo, where I help manage the mesocosm facility for the Seagrant Project and assist with other Florida Bay related field projects, as well as spend a good amount of time in the epic Everglades National Park. I have a M.S. in Marine Environmental Science and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and have always had a deep love and respect for anything wild, in a myriad of ecosystems. I especially am drawn toward wetlands, and the Everglades, because of the amazing dynamics that occur between the meeting of wet and dry conditions. I hope that our work helps us better understand the possible implications of sea level rise in our fragile Florida ecosystems.