Cheryl Lewis Ames is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Currently, she is investigating environmental DNA in aquarium systems in collaboration with the National Aquarium (Baltimore). Cheryl obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland (College Park) in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Her research interests include invertebrate systematics, and analyzing genomic data to better understand evolutionary novelties related to venom, vision and sexual reproduction in jellyfish.
Leann Biancani is a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on hyperiid amphipods, an abundant group of pelagic crustaceans. She aims to better understand the evolutionary history of their incredibly diverse eyes.
Jamie Blumberg is a 3rd year Biology student at Illinois Weslayn University (Bloomington, IL). Jamie works in Will Jaeckle’s laboratory, and is studying the ability of planktonic invertebrates and their larvae to use bacteriophages as food.
Robert Boyd serves as a Social Media Outreach Coordinator for the StreamCode project. He is a graduate student in American University’s MFA Film program. Through the use of wildlife film and underwater microscopy, Robert hopes to increase public interest in zooplankton and zooplankton research.
Michael J. Boyle is a Staff Biologist at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida. He is the coauthor of the StreamCode grant with Karen Osborn. His areas of focus include the comparative development of sipunculan worms, marine invertebrate life history patterns, and the evolution and diversity of marine larval forms.
Allen Collins is an affiliated Agency Scientist with NOAA’s National Systematics Lab and a Curator at the Smithsonian. His work focuses on the biodiversity of cnidarians and sponges.
Jessica Goodheart is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Research Student at the Smithsonian. Her areas of research include the classification of marine organisms and the evolution of complex traits in marine invertebrates. She has a particular interest in sea slugs and flatworms.
Laura Habbeger is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Florida Southern College. Her research focuses on vertebrate functional morphology in marine fishes, and how this influences feeding behavior in marine top
Kate Hanson received her PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Kate's research explores the role of zooplankton in oceanic and coastal food webs. Her work includes study of the natural history and ecology of tropical marine copepods.
Jerry Harasewych is Emeritus Curator of marine mollusks, and Research Zoologist at the Smithsonian. His work focuses on the systematics, biology, biogeography, and molecular evolution of gastropods with an emphasis on deep sea taxa.
Elise Hartill is an incoming graduate student at the University of Maine, in the Rhian Waller Lab. The Waller lab studies the benthic community structure in Glacier Bay National Park, with a focus on cold-water corals. Elise has previously worked in Dr. Waller’s lab, using histological techniques to study cold water-coral reproduction.
Will Jaeckle is a Professor of Biology at Illinois Wesleyan University. His work focuses on the life history, development, physiology, and ecology of invertebrates and their larvae.
Chan Lin is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Osborn Lab, at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. He studies the nervous systems of crustaceans and insects. His current work focuses on figuring out how the brains are organized to serve a diversity of eye morphologies and adaptations in hyperiid amphipods.
Ai Nonaka is a research assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Her work involves sorting and identifying marine larval fishes, translation of Japanese scientific papers, and educational outreach activities. She has participated in the several larval fish workshops in Japan and at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and has also worked in the larval fish collections at the Museum National D'Hitorire Naturelle in Paris. She is also trained in molecular work and performs all protocols for DNA sequencing at the NMNH Feather Identification Lab.
Karen Osborn is a Research Zoologist/Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Her research focuses on study of evolution of life in the midwater, which encompasses all the water below the surface of the ocean and above the sea floor. She is currently working on projects on hyperiid amphipods (crustaceans), tomopterid and other midwater polychaetes (annelid worms) in addition to StreamCode.
Karen Reed is a Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian. She is responsible for the collection and data management of crustaceans in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.
Sarit Truskey is a research intern in the Smithsonian NMNH's Osborn Lab, where she is using genetic sequence data to explore spatial connectivity and diversity in an assorted lineup of open ocean invertebrates. She is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland (B.A. Biology - 2015) and broadly interested in the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of marine invertebrates.
Katya Uryupova is passionate about the Polar Regions, and has spent most of her life in Siberia. In 2009, she received her PhD in marine biology from Moscow State University. Having Worked as a scientist in the Arctic and Antarctic regions since 2000, she is involved in a number of research projects. Her research interests range from general biology, to different aspects of human impact on the environment, to interdisciplinary research efforts.
Michael Vecchione is a NOAA Research Zoologist at the National Museum of Natural History. His work focuses on the natural history of cephalopods, deep-sea biology, and marine biodiversity.
Jessica Whelpley is a PhD student and Grinter Fellow in Joe Ryan’s lab at the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience where she is studying the evolution of the Annelid genome. She is a past contractor for the hydrothermal vent collection at the Smithsonian NMNH and a previous intern at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).