2015 Graduating Seniors in Earth and Oceanographic Science

Recent Graduate Pursuits

Isaac “Ike” Irby ’09

Ike earned his Ph.D./M.P.P. as a joint degree candidate between the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the William & Mary Program in Public Policy, both at the College of William & Mary in 2016. His dissertation focused on water quality modeling of the Chesapeake Bay, exploring the limitations of the model and identifying how these models can be used to assess water quality regulations. In 2017, Ike received a fellowship from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) as a Congressional Science Fellow. His work on Capitol Hill has built upon previous executive branch experience that he gained while interning with the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D. C. Ike’s interests lie at the intersection of marine science and governmental policy advisory.
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Amy Anderson '13

Amy completed an honors thesis titled "Measuring Nutrient Dynamics Optically: Towards an Understanding of the in Situ Relationship of Nitrate to Phytoplankton."  She is pursuing an Ph.D. in chemical oceanography in the Department of Marine and Coastal Science at Rutgers University.
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Hannah Glover '13

Hannah completed an honors thesis titled "Observations and Interpretations of Brittle Deformation at Giant Stairs and Barnes Island, Harpswell, Maine."  She worked for the Maine Geological Survey after graduation.  She is now working as a field technician in ocean physics at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington.
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Conor Handy '13

Conor is working as a project development analyst for commercial accounts at SunPower Corporation.
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Mark Hansen '14

Mark is working for the US Geological Survey on Kodiak Island, deploying air particulate samplers to examine ash fall from volcanic events.  He is also completing his art book on the retelling of the Gilgamesh mythology.
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Ryan Peabody '14

Ryan completed an honors thesis titled "Coastal Currents in the Gulf of Maine: A Mechanism for Algal Bloom Transport."  After working for a year as a research fellow for the Environmental Health Strategy Center focusing on data analysis for chemical manufacturing markets, he is beginning a Ph.D. program in physical oceanography.
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Matthew Ramos '12

Matt completed an honors thesis titled "Dynamics of Carbon Export from Maine Watershed to the Gulf of Maine."  After earning a M.S. in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University in 2014, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in petroleum and geosystems engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.
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Alexander Roberts-Pierel '12

Alex is an environmental scientist for URS Corporation.
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Matthew Savard '14

Matt is currently working as an environmental consultant (Engineer ll) with GZA Environmental.
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Madison Smith '14

Maddie completed an honors thesis titled "Sediment Transport in Katama Bay and Inlet, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts."  She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in physical oceanography at the University of Washington.  Her work focuses on the interaction of waves and ice in the Arctic Ocean.
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Patricia Thibodeau '13

Tricia published her honors thesis titled "Locating Noctiluc miliaris in the Arabian Sea: An Optical Proxy Approach" in the scientific journal Limnology and Oceanography.  She participated in the Bowdoin College Scholars program after graduation and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
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Jessica Turner '13

Jess is pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  Her work focuses on particle fluxes and ecosystem dynamics.
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