Kathleen (Katie) E. Lotterhos

B.S. Physics from Binghamton University in 2002

Ph.D. in Biology from Florida State University in 2011

Ecological and evolutionary genomics, marine biology, landscape genetics… and riding my bike(s).

[Google Scholar profile] [Twitter @DrK_Lo] [GitHub]

Email: k.lotterhos (*at*)


Molly Albecker

B.S. Biology and American Studies from the University of Mary Washington

M.S. Biology from East Carolina University in 2011

Ph.D. Biology from East Carolina University in 2018

I am working on the Research Coordinated Network for Evolution in Changing Seas to synthesize, integrate, and advance our understanding of evolution in changing seas. I am also generally interested in how various mechanisms like phenotypic plasticity, life history traits, and physiology evolve in response to environmental change.


[Google Scholar profile] [Twitter @molly_albecker] [Website]


If you are interested in starting a PhD in the lab, please contact Dr. Lotterhos!

Sara Schaal

B.S. Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I received my undergraduate degree and pursued research in two fields: the ecosystem impacts of an invasive mussel on optics in a freshwater lake and the population genetic structure of a freshwater algae species. My current research interests include fisheries management, evolutionary adaptation to climate change, how local adaptation leads to population divergence and understanding ecology and evolution through the use of mathematical models. Other than loving any science related activities, I enjoy playing soccer, going for bike rides, hiking and playing with my big pup Stella!

Alan Downey-Wall

B.S. Marine Science and Environmental Studies from Eckerd College

M.S. Marine Biology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi


I am broadly interested in using and developing molecular and statistical tools to study population dynamics and adaption in marine organisms, particularly on contemporary timescales. Previously, my research focused on understanding dispersal patterns in the invasive red lionfish, Pterois volitans, and incorporating dispersal into predictive removal models to improve the overall management of the species. Currently, I am interested in examining local adaptation using both theoretical and empirical data, with a focus on adaptive responses to ocean acidification and other global change stressors in marine systems. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, scuba diving, and competitive games of Cards Against Humanity.


Thais Bittar

B.S. Biology from Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil in 2002

Ph.D. Phytoplankton Ecology and Biogeochemistry from Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil in 2010



Ffion Titmuss


I am a third-year Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and English student, and I’m originally from the Gower Peninsula in Wales. I’ve been fascinated by nature, especially marine and coastal ecosystems, for as long as I can remember, and I’m particularly interested in the intersection of ecology and evolution with genetics. In addition to being a student, I teach science classes to Boston-area K-12 students through various organizations, including Science Club for Girls, Boston EcoScholars, and NEPTUN, and I am also a Zumba instructor! In my free time, I love bird-watching, baking, reading, writing poetry, and watching far too many BBC nature programmes.



Helen (Ellie) Clark

I am from Swampscott, and I am a junior at Essex Technical High School studying biotechnology. I've been interested in biology and environmental studies since elementary school, and I am planning on continuing my studies in biotechnology after high school. I am on my school's cross country and track teams, and in my free time I enjoy playing the violin and viola and spending time outdoors.

Jason VuNguyen

I am currently a senior at Revere High School who is planning to pursue studies in environmental engineering. Since I was a toddler, I have always had an interest in math and the sciences. So, this led to me to join my school’s Environmental Club and even start the Math Team. Aside from my academic interests, I enjoy playing basketball, running, and non-competitive table tennis.


Áki Jarl Láruson

B.S. General Biology (Chemistry minor) from Humboldt State University in 2010

Ph.D. Zoology (specialization in Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology) from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2018

Population genetics, phylogenetics, marine invertebrate zoology, bioinformatics


[Google Scholar profile] [Twitter @AkiJarl] [GitHub] [Website]

K. Bodie Weedop (former technician)

B.S. Biology from Utah State University in 2017

Bodie left us in 2019 to start his PhD at the University of Georgia. Google Scholar GitHub website.

Jo-Anne Purdy (Westborough High School, high school teacher)

Banafsheh Salamat (Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, high school teacher)

Kevin Freeman (former Masters in Bioinformatics co-op)

B.S. Biology from Northeastern University in 2017

M.S. Bioinformatics from Northeastern University in 2019


Camila Cortina (former undergraduate co-op and Honors thesis student, NU Class of 2019) Currently pursuing a PhD at UT Austin

Isabel Gutowski (former undergraduate co-op)

Peter Garneau (former undergraduate volunteer)

Kevin Wasko (former undergraduate co-op)

Samantha Schloeman (former undergraduate volunteer)

Sanket Revadkar (former research volunteer)

Elizabeth Allen (former high school intern, graduate of Watertown High School in Watertown)

Kira Becker (former high school intern, graduate of Gann Academy in Waltham)

Brett Ford (former research assistant)

Currently Bioinformatician at Embark

Jonathan B. Puritz (former postdoc)

Currently Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island)

[Google Scholar Profile] [ResearhGate Profile] [Twitter @JonPuritz] [Website]

Amber Eule-Nashoba (former postdoc)

Jaxine Wolfe (former undergraduate, NU class of 2019)

Sandi Scripa (former undergraduate, NU class of 2018)

Laura Long (former high school intern, Undergraduate Class of 2022 UC San Diego)

Jeanne Bloomberg (Capstone project in 2016, NU class of 2016)

Julia Lane (former high school intern in 2016, Marblehead High School)

Currently studying Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay

Vanessa Guerra (former technician 2014-2015)

Currently pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University

Pam Denish (former undergraduate, Undergraduate Class of 2015 Wake Forest University)

Currently pursuing a PhD at UC Davis

Sarah Poulin (former undergraduate, Undergraduate Class of 2015 Wake Forest University)

Currently a graduate student at Duke University's Nicholas School for the Environment

Ryan Haldieri (former high school intern)