Our Team

Edward Castaneda

Edward Castaneda, Ph.D., Research Associate edward.castaneda@fiu.edu I earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University (2010) and a M.S. in Ecology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2003). I’m originally from Colombia where I obtained a B.S. in Marine Biology (1998) from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. My research as a wetland ecologist is…
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Chris Sillivan

  Chris Silivan, B. Sc., Research Assistant sillivan.chris@gmail.com 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…
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Adam Hines

Adam Hines, B. Sc., Field Manager hinesad78@gmail.com In my free time I enjoy kayaking, biking, cooking, and enjoying discovering the wonder of life unfolding.
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Emily Standen

Emily Standen, B. Sc., Senior Lab Technician estanden@fiu.edu 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…
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Melinda Martinez

Melinda Martinez, M.S., Senior Lab Technician memartin@fiu.edu Originally from Dallas, TX, I received my M.S. in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and my B.S. in Marine and Freshwater Biology from The University of Texas at Austin. I have a broad background in coastal environmental science and marine biology with research ranging from marine genetics, botany, and…
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Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson, M. S., Graduate Student Ph. D. bwils034@fiu.edu 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…
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Daniel Virden

Daniel Virden, B. Sc., Graduate Student M.S. dvird001@fiu.edu 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…
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Marbelys Garriga

Marbelys Garriga, B. Sc., Research Assistant mgarr020@fiu.edu 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…
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Frank Skiff

Frank Skiff, B. Sc, Research Assistant Frank@entropics.design 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 biologist at FIU.  With my Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences I work as…
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Laura Bauman

Laura Bauman, M. S., Senior Lab Technician lbauman@fiu.edu 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…
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Ryan Stolee

Ryan Stolee, B. A., Research Assistant rstolee@fiu.edu 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…
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