Theresa is a PhD candidate in OEB (Ocean, Ecology and Biogeochemistry) studying foraminifera as recorders of oceanographic conditions in the modern ocean and back through the last glacial maximum. She is particularly interested in the record of organic matter export over this time period, which is critical to understanding changes in atmospheric CO2 and carbon burial. Theresa has a master's degree from San Francisco State where she worked with Dr. Petra Dekens. Her master's research, Application of individual foraminifera Mg/Ca and d18O analyses for paleoceanographic reconstructions in active depositional environments, is published in the journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology.
Photo details: Theresa at the gazebo overlook at Sleeping Beauty Rock, Green Island, Taiwan
Kelsey Lane Kelsey is a master's student in the Marine Resources Management program studying changes in foraminifera assemblages during the Warm Blob that occurred off the coast of Oregon in 2014-2016. She plans to continue as a PhD student in the OEB group studying foraminifera genetics and microbiome associations. Prior to grad school, Kelsey spent several years working as an Assistant Scientist at Sea Education Association (SEA Semester) where she taught students how to conduct scientific sampling aboard the tall ship the Corwith Cramer.
Photo details: Kelsey and Jenn nearly bumped into this huge spider hiking on Green Island, Taiwan, Kelsey for scale.
Grace Meyer: Grace is an undergraduate Ocean Sciences major in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. She participated in an URSA Engage project in 2018 and decided to stay on in the lab as a Laboratory Research Assistant. Grace has learned how to speciate forams, clean individual and pooled samples, and will gain experience on the laser this year.
Photo details: Grace picking forams during the summer 2018
James Kelly James Kelly is an army veteran student working on his bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. He has an Associates degree in math and science from Fullerton Collage and a scientific diving certification from the University of Southern California. For the past two years he has been working with OSU’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, sampling estuaries to quantify carbon stocks in the Pacific Northwest for The Blue Carbon Initiative. He has also worked in sea grass communities identifying micro invertebrates and their effects on sea grasses. In the Foraminarium, James is imaging forams using a microCT scanner to understand changes in shell morphology with increased water depth. He lives in Corvallis with his wife, three children, two dogs and a three-legged cat.
Photo details: James Kelly on the Oceanus during the undergraduate spring course OC 295.
Faith Shell - info coming soon!
Former Undergraduate Students: Julia Fontana, Laboratory Research Assistant, October 2017 to April 2019. Julia is a CEOAS Ocean Sciences major who is currently overwintering in Antarctica with Dr. Kim Bernard's research group. Learn more about their research here on Dr. Bernard's blog Brenna McBride, Laboratory Research Assistant, October 2017 to June 2018. Brenna is a CEOAS Geology major and is currently working in the College of Forestry at OSU
Clay Clarkson, 2018 Summer REU Student. Clay recently graduated from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi with a BS in Biology. He is currently a graduate student studying Marine Biology at Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.
Ellie Davidson, 2018 Summer REU Student. Ellie recently graduated from Cal State Sacramento with a BS in Geology
Michael Felix, URSA Engage Participant, January 2018 – June 2018
Lab mascots: Daisy May and Beau Diggity Dog
About Jenn: I'm an Assistant Professor of Tracer Oceanography at Oregon State University in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. After earning a BS degree in Geology at Northern Illinois University I spent several years working as a Scientific Assistant at Argonne National Laboratory. I left science for a few years and worked as an Internet Consultant (eCommerce). I returned to graduate school after the dot-com field collapsed. In graduate school, my research at the University of Chicago focused on paleoceanography applications using fossil specimens of planktic forams.. I completed post-doc research at the University of California, Davis between 2011 and 2015.. During my time at the U of California, Davis I participated in and co-led several field seasons culturing living foraminifera. I also was responsible for running the laser ablation system and developing the laser ablation protocols for the UCD Spero lab group and collaborators. My primary research interests include present and past climate change, biomineralization processes, and paleo-proxy development and application. I live in Corvallis with my partner, kids, and two fur-babies Daisy May and Beau Diggity Dog.
Email: fehrenje at coas.oregonstate dot edu Connect on twitter: @DeepSeaDrifter