Graduate Research Symposium

School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering
Graduate Student Research Symposium

Building Connections within the UNH Marine Community

This symposium is designed to showcase graduate student research, to build awareness of UNH marine research activities, and enhance interdisciplinary connections within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering community. This one-day symposium will include a series of graduate student oral presentations, a keynote address and a poster presentation reception.


10:30am Registration  


Dr. David Divins, Executive Director, SMSOE
Dr. Jan Nisbet, Sr. Vice Provost for Research, UNH


Keynote Address

Dr. Nancy Targett, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, UNH

11:45 Lunch  
12:45pm Session One - Critters, Creatures and the Law - Chaired by Dante Torio, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Meghan A. Hartwick, Molecular, Cellular, Biomedical – Estimating Seasonal Variation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus concentrations in Oysters from the Great Bay Estuary
  • Kaitlin Von Volkom, Biological Sciences – The effects of introduced tunicates on the growth and reproduction of the blood star, Henricia sanguinolenta
  • Lindsey Williams, Natural Resources and Earth Systems – Information needs of coastal decision-makers and resource users: an exploration of information flow, timescale, and systems perspectives
  • Wilton Burns, Earth Sciences – Effects of small-scale turbulence on phytoplankton growth and metabolism
  • Meghan Owings, Biological Sciences – Effects of the biomedical bleeding process on the behavior and physiology of the American horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus
2:15 Session Two - Got Gas? And other urgent ocean questions - Chaired by Kerri Seger, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Melissa Gloekler, Civil Engineering – Movement and Erosion of Alberta bitumen along the bottom as a function of temperature, water velocity and salinity
  • Elizabeth Weidner, Earth Sciences – Estimation of marine seep flux on the East Siberian Arctic Shelf
  • Christopher Hunt, Natural Resources and Earth Systems – Coastal Alkalinity: What we know (and don’t know) about neutralizing ocean acidification.
  • Kara Koetje, Ocean Engineering – Boundary Layer Dynamics in the Great Bay: Working Towards Resolving Estuarine Nutrient Fluxes
  • Joshua Humberston, Earth Sciences – Estimating surficial seafloor mud fraction in the tidally dominated Little Bay using principal component analysis of acoustic backscatter envelope properties
3:45 Poster Presentations and Reception

View presentation abstracts here


Thursday, April 27, 2017
Oral Presentations: 11 am - 3:30 pm
Poster Presentations and Reception: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Holloway Commons
UNH Durham Campus

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Dr. Nancy Targett, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Nancy Targett, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire will deliver the keynote address at the SMSOE Graduate Research Symposium.

Poster Presentation Registrations

Graduate students with research focused in marine science or ocean engineering are welcomed to present their research during the Poster Reception. Posters can be set up during the 2:00 pm break. Easel and form core will be provided. Please visit the URC Poster Presentation Page for poster tips.

Poster Registration

Poster Presenter and attendee

Past Presentation

Curious about past presenters and their research? View a full list of topics, abstracts, and contact information here.