Writer Spotlights

Learn more about our writers of the past, present, and future: featuring various folks from the Hopkins Marine Station community.

Nia Walker is the acting Editor for the High Tiding Blog, and she welcomes you to the website! She is a 4th year PhD student in the Palumbi lab at Hopkins. Nia is generally interested in better understanding how cnidarians (e.g. corals, sea anemones, and jellyfish) are able to function under normal and high stress conditions. She currently uses using genomics, genetics, and physiology techniques and applications to study climate change resilience in coral reefs.

Shirel Kahane-Rapport is a 5th year PhD student in Jeremy Goldbogen’s lab. She focuses on how body size impacts the physiology, ecological niche, and anthropogenic impacts of baleen whales.

Jamie McDevitt-Irwin is a 4th year PhD student in the Micheli lab here at Hopkins. She studies the direct and indirect effects of predators on coral reef ecosystems, utilizing experiments, video surveys, and DNA sequencing.

Paul Bump is a 5th year PhD student in the Lowe lab and an explorer of the small and squishy. His research in strange, enigmatic, marine invertebrates hopes to unlock secrets around basic biological processes and provide novel perspectives to advance fundamental cell biology research. He currently studies how an organism can build two wildly different bodies during its life while having access to the same genetic information.

Richard Grewelle is a 5th year PhD student in the De Leo lab and studies how disease affects wildlife and humans. He has studied schistosomiasis and cancer in humans and the plague and several kinds of parasites in wildlife. A main focus on his research now is a parasite in sea otters that causes up to 25% of their deaths. Although his work involves basic scientific investigation, he also enjoys creating solutions to growing disease problems. He hopes that by knowing more about disease, we can prevent mortality in threatened species.