Tiffany G. Troxler, Ph.D., PI
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/
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 Southeaster 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.
Adam Hines, B. Sc., Field Manager
In my free time I enjoy kayaking, biking, cooking, and enjoying discovering the wonder of life unfolding.
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 Lion Fish
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.
Ryan Stolee, B. A., Research Assistant
I am positioned at our SERC office in Key Largo, FL, working on sampling collections and data that incorporate the southern Everglades. My educational experience includes a major/minor in International Relations/Environmental Science, as my interest lies in the interactions of humans and their environment. I spent the past years in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys educating youth and adults on the regional ecology and leading community-driven developmental projects.
Bria Wimberly, Undergraduate, Research Intern
Philadelphia native who transfered and settled at FIU for my Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. I’m an undergraduate Senior, Honors student, member of various clubs, and participate in other activities like SOBE WFF, aB, study abroad, etc. My marine interests are community ecology, climate change, marine protected areas, and more to come. Besides school, I like to learn about other religions and cultures, go to the beach, and enjoy Miami overall. I enjoy working at Troxler’s lab and ready to learn more!