Current Lab Members & Affiliates

Aaron Galloway; PhD, Associate Professor, OIMB (PI)


Aaron works on aquatic trophic ecology, with a focus on fatty acids as biomarkers for inferring food web relationships and tracking across-system energy subsidies. Aaron completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciencesworking at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Aaron is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

Ross Whippo; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Ross works on marine community ecology, patterns of biodiversity, and trophic ecology. He received his master's degree in zoology from the University of British Columbia in 2013, after which he worked as the central technician for the Smithsonian Institution's MarineGEO program. Currently, he is interested in kelp forest community dynamics and food web structure. You can find out more on his website.

Jessie Masterman; PhD Candidate, OIMB


Jessie is interested in studying marine trophic ecology through a chemistry lens, with a particular focus on gelatinous organisms. Jessie received B.S. degrees in geology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2010 and a M.S. degree in marine science from KAUST in Saudi Arabia in 2012, under Dr. Michael Berumen. After a stint in industry, Jessie has returned to marine science at OIMB, where she is co-advised by Dr. Kelly Sutherland and Dr. Galloway.

Samantha Persad; MS Student, OIMB


Samantha is interested in conducting science that respects, informs, and protects the public, particularly within the realm of ecosystem ecology. Samantha received a BA in biology from the Concordia Portland Honors Program in 2020, and started at CTELab in 2021. They can be reached by email

Rhodalyn Tetteh; PhD student, ESSP, OIMB


Rhodalyn is interested in marine trophic ecology from a Political Ecology perspective, exploring the social-political factors that contribute to the production and use of plastics in society, and how they contribute to marine microplastic pollution. Rhodalyn received a BSc degree in Environmental Science (2015), and an MA in Environmental Management and Policy (2017) both from the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. She is co-supervised in her Ph.D. by Dr. Peter Walker and Dr. Galloway. She can be reached by email.