The Scientists

David Samuel Johnson, Ph.D.
David Samuel Johnson, Ph.D.

The leader of the pack. Once a professional child actor and ironworker, David now studies how global changes impact coastal ecosystems. Click on link below for more.

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Manisha Pant
Manisha Pant

Manisha is an invertebrate specialist who keeps the lab and our science organized.

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Serina Wittyngham
Serina Wittyngham

Serina is a Ph.D. student who studies how environmental stress affects plant responses to herbivores. Check out her website below.

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Kayla Martinez-Soto
Kayla Martinez-Soto

Kayla is a graduate student. She is getting her mud legs.

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Emily Goetz
Emily Goetz

Emily is a graduate student researching marsh migration into forests. She can leap several pit traps in a single bound.

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Andrew Nemeth
Andrew Nemeth

Andrew is a lab tech in JLab whose superpowers are mud-multi-tasking and acapella improv in the field.

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Esther Harper-Smith
Esther Harper-Smith

Esther is a lab tech in JLab whose superpower is picking dead worms and bugs from the mud and grass under the microscope for hours and remaining sane (thank you!).

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Leah Scott
Leah Scott

2021 is Leah's second round with JLab and we're glad she's back! She's hoping to start grad school in 2022.

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Valerie Acosta Rodriguez
Valerie Acosta Rodriguez

Valerie is an undergrad at the U. of Puerto Rico-Humacao. She worked with JLab in 2020 and 2021. Both times on fiddler crabs. She's an amazing artist and scientist. She hopes to start grad school in 2022.

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Lab Alumni

Caroline Failon
Caroline Failon
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Anna Ledwin
Anna Ledwin
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Catherine Wilhelm
Catherine Wilhelm
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Bethany Williams
Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams

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Danielle Doucette
Danielle Doucette
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Viola Yu
Viola Yu

Former intern (2017). Brilliant artist and emerging scientist. Check her beautiful website

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Katherine Longmire

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Cynthia Crowley
Cynthia Crowley
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Tyler Treakle
Tyler Treakle
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"...a real scientist is someone who can think about a subject while talking to his or her spouse about something else."

 ~E.O. Wilson, paraphrasing a colleague~