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LEILA J. HAMDAN

University of Southern Mississippi, School of Ocean Science and Technology, Division of Coastal Sciences

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs MS 39564
Email: leila.hamdan@usm.edu

EDUCATION:

National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate 

2006   Marine Biogeochemistry Section, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

Ph.D.

2003     Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

M.S.

2000    Biology, George Mason University

B.S.

1994    Biology, Rowan University of New Jersey

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS:

2016 – Present     Associate Professor, University of Southern Mississippi, Division of Coastal Sciences, Ocean Springs, MS

2013 – 2016            Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Dept. of Environmental Science and Policy, Manassas, VA

2013 – 2016    Associate Director, Microbiome Analysis Center, George Mason University, Manassas, VA

2007 – 2016  Research Microbial Ecologist, Naval Research Laboratory, Marine Biogeochemistry Section, Washington, DC

2006 – 2013     Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Sciences and Policy Program, Baltimore, MD

2003 – 2006     National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

1996 – 1997     Environmental Chemist, Savannah Laboratories, Inc., Destrehan, LA.

1995 – 1996     Environmental Chemist, TJH2B Analytical Services, Inc., New Orleans, LA.

PUBLICATIONS:

Mugge, RL, Brock, ML, Salerno, JL, Damour, M, Church, RA, Lee, J, Hamdan, LJ. 2019. Deep sea biofilms, historic shipwreck preservation and the Deepwwater Horizon spill. Front. Mar. Sci. 6, 1 DOI: doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00048

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Reed, A, Joye, SB, Damour, M. 2018. The impact of the Deepwater Horizon blowout on historic shipwreck-associated sediment microbiomes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Nature Sci. Rep. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-27350-z

Salerno, JL, Little, B, Lee, J, Hamdan, LJ. 2018. Exposure to crude oil and chemical dispersant may impact marine microbial biofilm composition and steel corrosion. Front. Mar. Sci.. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00196

Haridas, D, Biffinger, JC, Boyd, TJ, Fulmer, PA, Hamdan, LJ, Fitzgerald, LA. 2018. Laboratory growth of denitrifying water column microbial consortia from deep-sea shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. F1000 Research DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.12713.2

Mulvaney, SP, Fitzgerald, LA, Hamdan, LJ, Ringeisen, BR, et al. 2018. Rapid design and fielding of four diagnostic technologies in Sierra Leone, Thailand, Peru, and Australia: Successes and challenges faced introducing these biosensors. 2018. Sensing & Bio-Sensing Res. DOI: 10.1016/j.sbsr.2018.06.003

Lajtha, K, Bai, E, Baisden, T, Berhe, AA, Bowden, B, Brookshire, J, Brozostek, E, Crow, S, Driscol, C, Evans, C, Finlay, J, Fisk, M, Grandy, S, Hamdan, LJ, Harrison, J, Hawkes, C, Kalbitz, K, Kaushal, S, Kramer, M, Matzner, E, Melack, J, Mulder, J, Porder, S, Sanderman, J, Stanley, E, Tank, J, Vile, M, Voss, M, Wieder, K, Ziegler. 2017. Brave new world: Editorial in support of environmental science. Biogeochemistry. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-017-0316-y

Hamdan, LJ, Wickland, KP. (2016). Methane emissions from oceans, coasts, and freshwater habitats: New perspectives and feedbacks on climate. Limnol. Oceanogr. 61: S3-S12 DOI: 10.1002/lno.10449

Damour, M, Church, R, Warren, D, Horrell, C, Hamdan, LJ. 2016. Gulf of Mexico-Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology, and Archaeology (GOM-SCHEMA) Project: Studying the Effects of a Major Oil Spill on Submerged Cultural Resources. In Marco Meniketti (ed.) ACUA Underwater Archaeology Proceedings of the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, WA, pgs. 51–61.

Treude, T, Krause, S, Schweers, J, Dale, A, Hamdan, LJ. 2014. Sulfate reduction and methane oxidation activity below the sulfate-methane transition zone in Alaskan-Beaufort continental margin sediments: Implications for deep sulfur cycling. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 144: 217-237.

Kirchman, DL, Hanson, TE, Cottrell, MT, Hamdan, LJ. 2014. Metagenomic analysis of organic matter degradation in methane-rich Arctic Ocean sediments. Limnol. Oceanogr. 59: 548-559.

Coffin, RB, Hamdan, LJ, Smith, J, Plummer, RE, Yoza, B, Pecher, I, Montgomery, MT. 2014. The Contribution of Vertical Methane Flux to Shallow Sediment Carbon Pools across the Porangahau Ridge, NZ. Energies 7: 5322-5356.

Gilbert, JA, Ball, M, Blainey, P, Blaser, MJ, Bohannan, B, Bateman, A, Bunge, J, Dominguez-Bello, MG, Epstein, S, Fierer, N, Gevers, D, Girkscheit, T, Hamdan, LJ, Harvey, J, Huttenhower, C, Kirkup, B, Kong, H, Lauber, C, Lemon, KP, Lynch, SV, Martin, L, Mello, C, Palma, J, Parker, R, Petrosino, J, Segre, JA, Vosshall, L, Yi, R, Knight, R. 2014. Meeting Report for the 1st skin microbiota workshop, boulder, CO October 15-16 2012. Stand. Genomic Sci. 9:1-7.

Leary, DH, Li, RW, Hervey, WJ, Lebedev, N, Hamdan, LJ, Wang, Z, Deschamps, JR, Kusterbeck, AW, Vora, GJ. Intergrated metagenomic and metaproteomic analyses of marine biofilms communities. Biofouling 30: 1211-1223.

Hamdan, LJ, Coffin, RB, Sikaroodi, M, Greinert, J, Treude, T, Gillevet, PM. 2013. Ocean currents shape the microbiome of Arctic marine sediments. ISME J. 7: 685-696.

Hamdan, LJ, Sikaroodi, M, Gillevet, PM. 2012. Bacterial community composition and diversity in methane charged sediments revealed by multitag pyrosequencing. Geomicrobiology J. 29:340-351

Howard, EC, Hamdan, LJ, Lizewski, SE, Ringeisen, BR. 2012. High frequency of glucose-utilizing mutants in Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 327: 9-14.

Hamdan, LJ, Fulmer, PA. 2011. Effects of COREXIT® EC9500A on bacteria from a beach oiled by the Deepwater Horizon spill. Aquatic Microbial Ecol. 63: 101-109. (Feature Article)

Hamdan, LJ, Gillevet, PM, Pohlman, JW, Sikaroodi, M, Greinert, J, Coffin, RB. 2011. Diversity and biogeochemical structuring of bacterial communities across the Porangahau ridge accretionary prism, New Zealand. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 77: 518-532.

Schwalenberg, K, Wood, WT, Pecher, I, Hamdan, LJ, Henrys, S, Jegen, M, Coffin, RB. 2010 Preliminary interpretation of CSEM, heatflow, seismic, and geochemical data for gas hydrate distribution across the Porangahau Ridge, New Zealand. Mar. Geol. 272: 89-98

Hamdan, LJ, Gillevet, PM, Sikaroodi, M, Pohlman, JW, Plummer, RE, Coffin, RB. 2008. Geomicrobial characterization of gas hydrate bearing sediments along the mid-Chilean Margin. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 65: 15-30

Coffin, RB, Hamdan, LJ, Smith, JP, Gardner, J, Plummer, RE, Wood, WT. 2008. Analysis of methane and sulfate flux in methane-charged sediments from the Mississippi Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Mar. Petrol. Geol. 25: 977-987

Steen, AD, Hamdan, LJ, Arnosti, C. 2008. Dynamics of dissolved carbohydrates in the Chesapeake Bay: Insights from enzyme activities, concentrations, and microbial metabolism. Limnol. Oceanogr. 53: 936-947

Boyd, TJ, Smith, DC, Apple, JK, Hamdan, LJ, Osburn, CL, Montgomery, MT. 2008. Evaluating PAH biodegradation relative to bacterial carbon demand in coastal ecosystems: Are PAHs truly recalcitrant? In: Microbial Ecology Research Trends. NOVA Sci. Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY

Hamdan, LJ, Jonas, RB. 2007. The use of antibiotics to reduce bacterioplankton uptake of phytoplankton extracellular organic carbon (EOC) in the Potomac River estuary. JEMBE 342: 242-252

Coffin, RB, Pohlman, JW, Gardner, JM, Downer, RC, Wood, WT, Hamdan, LJ, Walker, SE, Plummer, RE, Gettrust, JF, Diaz, J. 2007. Methane hydrate exploration on the mid-Chilean Coast: A geochemical and geophysical survey. J Petrol. Sci. Eng. 56: 32-41

Hamdan, LJ, Jonas RB. 2006. Seasonal and inter-annual dynamics of free-living bacterioplankton and microbially labile organic carbon along the salinity gradient of the Potomac River. Estuaries Coasts 29:40 – 53

 

SELECTED TECHNICAL REPORTS:

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL. 2017. Final Report of Findings: A Comparative Analysis of an Oil Spill on the Biota Inhabiting Several Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks. Cooperative Agreement No. M13AC00015

Hamdan, LJ, Plummer, RE, Coffin, RB. 2012. Temporal and spatial patterns of water isotope ratios (δ2H and δ18O) in municipal tap water as measured by TCEA-IRMS. NRL Report 6110-12-9394.

Coffin, RB, Hamdan, LJ, Smith, JP, Plummer, RE, Millholland, LC, Larson, RC, Wood, WT. 2011. Beaufort Sea methane hydrate exploration: Energy and climate change. NRL Report 6110-11-9330.

Montgomery, MT, Coffin, RB, Boyd, TJ, Hamdan, LJ, Smith, JP, Plummer, RE, Walker, SE, Dittel, A, Masutani, SM, Li, QX, Osburn CL. 2009. Bacterial production and contaminant mineralization in sediments of the Ala Wai Canal, Oahu, Hawai’i. NRL Report 6114-09-9212.

Coffin, RB, Hamdan, LJ, Pohlman, JW, Wood, WT, Pecher, I, Henrys, S, Greinert, J, Faure, K, Gorman, A., Orpin, A. 2007. Geochemical characterization of concentrated gas hydrate deposits on the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. NRL Report 6110-08-9085

Walker, SW, Osburn, CL, Boyd, TJ, Hamdan, LJ, Coffin, RB, Smith, JP, Li, QX, Hennessee, C, Monteil, F, Hawari, J, Montgomery, MT. 2006. Mineralization of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in coastal waters and sediments. NRL Report 6114-06-10135.

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

Invited:

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Reed, A, Joye, SB, Damour, M. 2018.  GoM-SCHEMA: The Deepwater Horizon spill’s impact on historic shipwreck microbiomes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sci. Conf.

Hamdan, LJ. 2018. Venerable, Vizzini, and a volunteer. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Spring Meeting. (Keynote).

Hamdan, LJ. 2017. Gulf of Mexico–Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology and Archaeology program: Study overview and microbiology results.  BOEM Information Transfer Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ. 2015. Comparative analysis of oil spill impacts on Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks. Louisiana State University, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.

Hamdan, LJ, McGown, C, Gillevet, P, Fitzgerald, LA. 2015. Microbial ecology of Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks. Society for Historical Archaeology.

Hamdan, LJ, Damour, M, Horrell, C. 2015. Gulf of Mexico SCHEMA: Effects of a major oil spill on submerged cultural resources. Where do we go from here? Society for Historical Archaeology.

Hamdan, LJ. 2014. Oil spill impacts on Gulf of Mexico shipwrecks: Implications for microbial ecology, archaeology, and ecosystem monitoring. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Distinguished Speaker Series.

Hamdan, LJ, Damour, M, Horrell, C. 2014. Evaluating the scale of oil spill impacts on deepwater shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico: From microbiomes to macrostructures. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sci. Conf.

Hamdan, LJ, Treude, T, Greinert, J, Coffin, RB, Gillevet, PM. 2013. The influence of hydrodynamic dispersal on sediment microbiomes. Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Annual meeting.

Hamdan, LJ. 2012. Ocean currents shape the microbiome of Arctic sediments and waters. University of Delaware 2012 Fall Invitational Seminar Series.

Hamdan, LJ. 2011. Emerging challenges for integrated ecosystem assessment. CERF, Daytona Beach.

Hamdan, LJ. 2011. Geomicrobiology of marine methane seeps: Case studies from the Chilean margin, Hikurangi margin, and Alaska Beaufort shelf. East Carolina University, Biology Seminar Series.

Hamdan, LJ, Sikaroodi, M., Coffin, RB, Plummer, RE and Gillevet, PM. 2008. Geomicrobial characterization of sediment bacterial communities across the Porangahau Ridge, New Zealand. AGU Fall Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Gillevet, PM, Sikaroodi, M, Plummer, RE, Coffin, RB. 2008. Geomicrobial characterization of gas hydrate bearing sediments from the continental margins of Chile and New Zealand. Bodega Marine Laboratory, Riley Seminar Series.

Hamdan, LJ, Jonas, RB, Coffin, RB, Boyd, TJ. 2008. Microbial processes in the lower tidal Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. George Mason University, PEREC Inaugural Seminar Series.

Hamdan, LJ, Osburn, CL, Coffin, RB, Jonas, RB, Boyd, TJ. 2007. The role of phytoplankton production and bacterioplankton metabolism of autochthonous DOC in three North American estuaries, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.

Contributed:

Treude, T, Hamdan, LJ, Gasser, B, Lemieux, S, Sommer, S. 2018. Bacterial sulfate reduction associated with marine snow particles in the water column of the Peruvian Oxygen Minimum Zone? Ocean Deoxygenation Conference (SFB 754), Kiel, Germany

Salerno, JL. Mugge, R*, Little, B, Lee, J, Hamdan, LJ. 2018. Impacts of crude oil and dispersant on marine microbial biofilms: implications for the preservation historic Gulf of Mexico shipwrecks. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sci. Conf.

Brock, ML*, Mugge, RL*, Salerno, JL, Damour, M, Hamdan, LJ. 2018. Source, composition, and function of biofilms in deep-sea shipwreck habitats impacted by the Deepwater Horizon spill. ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Damour, M. 2017. The Scientist’s verses: How shipwrecks influence benthic microbial biogeography. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 24th Biennial Conference.

Hamdan, LJ, Damour, M, Salerno, JL.  2017. The influence of shipwrecks on biogeography and dispersal of sediment microbiomes in the Gulf of Mexico.  ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting.

Haley, RE*, Salerno, JL, Hamdan, LJ. 2017. Analysis of fungal communities on wood samples at historic shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico. National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Blackwell, CA*, Little, B, McGown, C*, Fitzgerald, LA, Damour, M. 2016. Microbial stowaways: Addressing oil spill impacts and the artificial reef effect on deep–sea microbiomes. ASLO–AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Damour, M, Salerno, JL, McGown, C*, Blackwell, CA*, Church, RL, Warren, DA, Horrell, C, Jordan, B, Moore, J, Hamdan, LJ. 2016. Historic shipwrecks as ecosystem monitoring platforms in the wake of Deepwater Horizon? Results of the Gulf of Mexico Shipwreck Corrosion, Hydrocarbon Exposure, Microbiology, and Archaeology (GOM–SCHEMA) project. ASLO–AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Blackwell, CA*, Salerno, JL, Hamdan, LJ. 2016. Community composition and metabolic diversity of deep–sea Lophelia pertusa microbiomes and their relatedness to the local environment. ASLO–AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Salerno, JL, Little, B, Lee, J, Ray, R, Hamdan, LJ. 2016. Conserving archaeological sites as biological and historical resources in the Gulf of Mexico: the effects of crude oil and dispersant on the biodiversity and corrosion potential of shipwreck bacterial biofilms. ASLO–AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Liu, S*, Reyna, NE, Hamdan, LJ, Liu, Z. 2016. Effects of Chemical Structure on Hydrolysis Pathways of Small Peptides in Coastal Seawater. ASLO–AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Church, RL, Warren, DA, Fitzgerald, LA, Damour, M. 2016. Shipwrecks of opportunity: Monitoring oil spill impacts on deep reef ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sci. Conf.

Hamdan, LJ, Salerno, JL, Blackwell, CA*, Fitzgerald, L, Damour, M. 2015. Oil spill impacts on artificial reefs: Implications for archaeology, microbial ecology, and benthic ecosystem monitoring. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 23nd Biennial Conference.

Blackwell, CA*, Salerno, JL, Hamdan, LJ. 2015. A comparison of community composition and metabolic diversity of aqueous, sediment, and Lophelia pertusa microbiomes.  Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 22nd Biennial Conference.

Salerno, JL, Little, B, Lee, J, Ray, R, Hamdan, LJ. 2015. Effects of crude oil and dispersant on microbially–mediated shipwreck corrosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 22nd Biennial Conference.

Hamdan, LJ, Fitzgerald, LA, Blackwell, C, McGown, C, Horrell, C, Gillevet, P, Reed, AH, Boyd, TJ, Damour, M. 2015. Analysis of oil spill impacts on shipwrecks: Implications for archaeology, microbial ecology, and ecosystem monitoring. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Sci. Conf.

Hamdan, LJ. 2013. Microbial cipher: Translating prokaryotic community data to explore change in aquatic ecosystems. Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 21st Biennial Conference.

Leary, D, Hervey, JW, Li, RW, Lebedev, N, Hamdan, LJ, Deschamps, JR, Kusterbeck, AW, Vora, GV. Metagenomic and metaproteomic analyses of marine biofilms. ISME-13.

Treude, T, Krause, S, Hamdan, LJ, Schweers, J, Coffin, RB. 2012. Decoupled anaerobic oxidation of methane and sulfate reduction within the methanogenic zone of Arctic Sediments? EGU.

Hamdan, LJ, Sikaroodi, M, Greinert, J, Treude, T, Coffin, RB, Gillevet, PM. 2011. Hydrographic patterns in microbial communities in density stratified Alaska Beaufort Shelf. AGU Fall Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Jonas, RB. 2011. It’s a small world: Microbial ecology, ecosystem function and change in aquatic environments. CERF. (Session Convener)

Howard, EC, Hamdan, LJ, Biffinger, JC, Ringeisen, BR. 2011. Further study on glucose use by Shewanella oneidensis in microbial fuel cells. ACS.

Fulmer, PA, Hamdan, LJ. 2010. Effects of COREXIT EC9500A on bacterial communities influenced by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. AGU Fall Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Sikaroodi, M, Coffin, RB, Plummer, RE and Gillevet, PM. 2009. Diversity and biogeochemical structuring of sediment microbial communities across the Porangahau Ridge, New Zealand. CERF.

Lorenson, TD, Greinert, J, Hutten, E, Hamdan, LJ, Coffin, RB, Rose, K, Wood, WT. 2009. Methane in sediment and bottom water of the Alaskan Beaufort sea. AGU Fall Meeting.

Hamdan, LJ, Osburn, CL, Jonas, RB, Apple, JK, Boyd, TJ. 2007. Diel variability in the production and accumulation of autochthonous dissolved organic carbon in the Potomac River estuary. ERF.

Hamdan, LJ, Boyd, TJ, Coffin, RB, Osburn, CL, Jonas, RB. 2005. The role of phytoplankton production and bacterioplankton metabolism of autochthonous DOC in the development of seasonal hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay. ERF.

Hamdan, LJ, Jonas, RB. 2004. The use of antibiotics to estimate organic carbon release by estuarine phytoplankton. ASM.

Hamdan, LJ, Boyd, TJ, Osburn, CL, Coffin, RB, Jonas, RB. 2004. Phytoplankton production of extracellularly released organic carbon, its composition and bacterial utilization in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay. ASLO.

Hamdan, LJ and Jonas, RB. 2003. Accumulation and bacterial uptake of dissolved organic carbon in the Potomac River Estuary: What fuels excessive bacterial abundance in the Chesapeake Bay? ASM.

 

FUNDING:

2018–2021   NOAA–Ocean Exploration Research: Microbial stowaways: Exploring shipwreck microbiomes in the deep Gulf of Mexico. PI (Co–PI M. Damour)

2018–2021  Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – Biological Technologies Office: Discrete microbiome signatures of the benthic built environment. PI

2017–2018       Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: Shellfish Monitoring Program. PI (Co-PI R. Hardgrove)

2014-2017   BOEM Env. Studies Prog.: Analysis of an oil spill on the biota inhabiting Gulf of Mexico shipwrecks spanning the 18-20th centuries. PI (Co-PIs M. Damour, L. Fitzgerald, R. Church, C. Horrell)

2015-2017  ONR-NRL: Carbon fixation pathways from the marine dark biosphere. Co-I

2013  C-DEBI: Impacts of hydrodynamic dispersal and environmental variability on deep marine sediment microbiomes. PI

2009-2012 NRL – Young Investigator Program: Comparative analysis of microorganisms involved in AOM in marine sediments around the world. PI

2006-2007 DOE: Sediment microbial community diversity compared to geochemical profiles off the  coast of New Zealand, Hikurangi Margin. Co-PI

2005-2007 SERDP: Biotic and abiotic attenuation of nitrogenous energetic compounds in coastal waters and sediments (ER-1431). Investigator

AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

2017 National Oceanographic Partnership Program – Excellence in Partnering Award (on behalf of the GoM–SCHEMA team)

2011 Panelist –Synthesis Session on Integrated Ecosystem Assessment: Emerging Challenges – 21st Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2011 Feature article in Aquatic Microbial Ecology

2011 “Research Advances” feature in the Association for Women in Science winter newsletter

2008-2010 Naval Research Laboratory, Service Award

2009 Naval Research Laboratory – Chemistry Division, Young Investigator Award

2008 Distinguished Role Model – Bodega Marine Laboratory, REU Program

2001-2003 Outstanding Instructor – George Mason University, College of Arts and Sciences

2001 Best Graduate Talk: 16th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation

INTRAMURAL SERVICE:

USM

2018-2019       Chair, Search Committee for Marine Resource Economist/Marine Socio-Economist Faculty Position – Division of Coastal Sciences

2019       Member, Governance Committee, Divsion of Coastal Sciences

2018       Member, Outreach Committee – School of Ocean Science and Engineering

2017       Member, Website Committee – School of Ocean Science and Technology

2017       Organizer, Women in Science Group – School of Ocean Science and Technology

2017       Chair, Ad hoc committee on student stipend policies – Division of Coastal Sciences

2016–2017       Member, Research Initiative Sub–Committee – School of Ocean Science and Technology

GMU

2016       Member, Chair Search Committee –Environmental Science and Policy Department

2016       Member, Search Committee for Aquatic Invertebrate Ecologist – Environmental Science and Policy Department

2016       Mentor, Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

2016       Member, Nomination Committee – Environmental Science and Policy Department

2015–2016       Faculty Mentor, Women in Science Luncheon Series (WISLS) –  College of Science

2014–2016       Chair, Seminar Committee – Environmental Science and Policy Department

2014–2015       Supervisor, Radiation Safety – Environmental Science and Policy Department

NRL

2012–2013       Vice–chair, Radiation Safety Committee – Naval Research Laboratory

2008–2011       Member, Radiation Safety Committee – Naval Research Laboratory

EXTRAMURAL SERVICE:

2019–2021       Member,  UNOLS Deep Submergence Science Committee

2017–2017       Outreach Liaison, Society for Historical Archaeology 2018 Conference: Landscapes, Entrepots, and Global Currents

2016–2018       Member, Conference Advisory Committee, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2017                 Session Convener – Mud, macrofauna and microbes: An ode to multiscalar benthic interactions, CERF 2017 Conference

2016–2017       Member, Scientific Program Committee, Aquatic Sciences 2017 Meeting, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

2014–2016       Representative, University–National Oceanographic Laboratory System

2012–2016       Historian, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

2015                 Session Convener – Mud, macrofauna and microbes: And ode to benthic interactions, CERF 2015 Conference

2011–2015       Member, Member Action Committee – American Geophysical Union, Biogeosciences

2011–2014       Member, National Response Team – Subsea Dispersant Subcommittee

2013                 Session Convener – Microbial Ecology: Processes, Linkages and Ecosystem Feedbacks, CERF 2013 Conference

2010–2013       Member, Publications Committee – Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2010–2013       Member, Education Committee – Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2011                 Session Convener – Microbial Ecology: Processes, Linkages and Ecosystem Feedbacks, CERF 2011 Conference

2011                 Past-president, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

2010                 Member, Strategic Planning Committee – Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2008–2010       Member, Governing Board, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

2007                 President-elect, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

2007                 Parliamentarian, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

2004–2006       Treasurer, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

2000–2003       Student Representative, Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

Journal Reviewer:

Aquatic Sciences

Biogeochemistry

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

Estuaries and Coasts

Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science

FEMS Microbiology Ecology

International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Journal

Limnology and Oceanography

Marine and Petroleum Geology

Microbial Ecology

Molecular Biology Reports

Progress in Oceanography

PLoS One

Grant and Program Reviewer:

Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Initiative –DEBI – Postdoctoral Research Grant Program

DOE– National Energy Technology Laboratory – Methane Hydrate Research Program

Hudson River Foundation

National Science Foundation – Biological Oceanography

National Science Foundation – Dimensions of Biodiversity

National Science Foundation – Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry

National Science Foundation – Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories

Office of Naval Research – Small Business Initiative Program – Marine Sanitation Projects

YSI Minding the Planet Award

 

COASTAL AND OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

2019       Chief Scientist, Microbial Stowaways (ROV) – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2018       Chief Scientist, Discrete Microbiomes Lander Recovery – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2018       Chief Scientist, Discrete Microbiomes (ROV) – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2018       Chief Scientist, USBL calibration cruise – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2018       Chief Scientist, Deep Carbon Pathways – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2017      Chief Scientist, Delta House oil spill investigation – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2017       Chief Scientist, Deep Carbon Pathways – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2017       Chief Scientist, Marine Corrosion of Alloys (ROV) – R/V Point Sur, Gulf of Mexico

2016       Researcher, Flow Encountering Abrupt Topography (FLEAT) experiment, R/V Roger    Revelle, Velasco Reef, Palau

2016       Chief Scientist, Deep Carbon Pathways – R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2015       Chief Scientist, Deep Carbon Pathways – R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2015       Researcher, Air/Sea Exchange Processes – R/V Roger Revelle, Bay of Bengal

2014       Chief Scientist, SCHEMA I (ROV) – July, R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2014       Chief Scientist, SCHEMA I (ROV) – March, R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2013       Co-Chief Scientist, SCHEMA I – R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2009       Team Leader, Methane in the Arctic Shelf–USCGS Polar Sea, Beaufort Sea

2007       Team Leader, Gas Hydrate Exploration –R/V Cape Hatteras, Gulf of Mexico

2006       Chief Scientist, Organic Matter Cycling–R/V Clifford Barnes, Puget Sound

2006       Team Leader, Gas Hydrate Exploration –R/V Tangaroa, Hikurangi Margin–New Zealand

2006       Team Leader, Organic Matter Cycling –R/V Hugh Sharp, Delaware Bay

2006–2007       Researcher, Organic Matter Cycling –R/V Pelican, Gulf of Mexico

2005       Chief Scientist, Organic Matter Cycling –R/V Cape Henlopen, Chesapeake Bay

2005       Researcher, Organic Matter Cycling –R/V Clifford Barnes, Puget Sound

2004       Researcher, Gas Hydrate Exploration –OSV Vidal Gormaz, mid–Chilean Margin

2003–05       Researcher, Organic Matter Cycling – R/V Cape Henlopen, Chesapeake and Delaware Bay

1998–03       Researcher, ~70 cruises in the Chesapeake Bay aboard small boat

MEMBERSHIPS:

American Geophysical Union

American Society for Microbiology

American Society for Limnology and Oceanography

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation

International Society for Microbial Ecology

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS:

2000-2003       Graduate Research Fellowship – George Mason University

1999-2002       Dean’s Graduate Award – Stephen J. Wright Scholars Program

1999                Commonwealth Scholar – Stephen J. Wright Scholars Program

 

CERTIFICATIONS/SKILLS:

Authorized user of radioactive materials

SSI certified diver

Small boat operation

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